Quick Pasta


I’ve been craving pasta lately. It must be from looking through the great pasta recipes on italian foodies recently. I’ve never thought of pasta as hangover food, but when I woke up just before noon today with “a bastard behind the eyes“, pasta was the only thing I contemplated making. Something rich and comforting…

This simple recipe relies very much on “store cupboard” ingredients. I fried some diced pancetta in a little oil until crispy. I then added a clove of garlic that was pounded with some sea salt using a mortar and pestle. (Pounding garlic with salt, rather than chopping it, makes a huge difference to food.) I added a small tub of double cream (about 200ml), a tablespoon of good pesto from a jar (for shame!) and a couple of handfuls of grated Parmesan cheese. I then added some hot pasta and a few grinds of black pepper.

I can think of few meals from my own repertoire that offer as great a reward for such little effort. Time spent? About 15 minutes from start to finish. The mind boggles as to why people buy this shit.


4 Responses to “Quick Pasta”

  1. 1 italian foodie April 21, 2009 at 12:16 am

    Thanks for the link Conor:) Don’t get me started on Dolmio, I could be here for a while. Nowt wrong with a jar of pesto, there is a shop in Limerick called Olio e Farina that do an excellent ligurian pesto in a jar. Depends on the brand and quality me thinks!

  2. 2 Conor April 21, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Good to hear you say that. I sometimes feel a little guilty for using “jar” pesto. But if it’s going in a soup or in a pasta sauce, I’m not sure it’s worth the effort or expense. Maybe one day I’ll do my own taste test! 🙂

  3. 3 Sophie May 5, 2009 at 8:11 am

    I eat food like this all the time! It is yummie but I substitute the cream for soy cream because it is more healthy & contains no cholesterol& it is more lighter on the stomach.
    Thanks for commenting on my food blog so that I could discover yours!!!!

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