Monday, August 14, 2006
We're having leftovers this week
America’s Quick Cuisine Copyright 2004
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
6 medium-size pear-shaped (Roma-type) tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil I used dried
8 ounces dried riso, stars, or other small pasta shape I used alphabet-shaped pasta
¾ cup frozen peas
½ cup half-and-half I used fat-free half-and-half
½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1. Melt butter in a wide nonstick frying pan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft but not browned, about 5 minutes.
2. Add tomatoes, basil, and ¼ cup water; reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, bring 6 cups water to a boil in a 4-to-5 quart pan over medium-high heat. Stir in pasta and cook just until tender to bite (8 to 10 minutes); or cook according to package directions. Drain well.
3. Add peas and half-and-half to pan with tomato mixture. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil; stir in pasta. Remove from heat and stir in ¼ cup of the cheese. Transfer to a serving dish. Add remaining ¼ cup cheese to taste. (I threw in all of the cheese and I felt it needed all of it.)
Makes 4 to 6 servings.
We're not eating leftovers this week but I'm posting all my leftover posts since I'm not cooking anything worth blogging about this week.
I made this pasta pilaf a couple of weeks ago to use up some alphabet pasta that I had sitting in the pantry. It was good but I felt something wasn't quite right. It could very well have been the fat-free half-and-half but more likely it was the flavorless tomatoes. I don't know why but I haven't been finding any good tomatoes. Aren't you supposed to be able to get good tomatoes in the summer? Where the heck are they?
I will say that this looked exactly like the picture in the cookbook except they used a different pasta shape (riso). I appreciate 'honest' photographs in cookbooks.
I'm so distraught. This past Saturday was gorgeous. I had toyed with the idea of changing my cookout to that date and I didn't. It was the nicest day of the year. This upcoming Saturday, the date I insisted on sticking with, isn't looking so good. That sound you hear? That's me kicking myself.
Question of the Day: Have you had any really good tomatoes yet this year?