Thursday, July 22, 2010

Pasta

(How do people come up with titles for their blog posts? I'm terrible at this... give me some suggestions please! Haha.)

Yesterday I made my famous pasta. (Uh, okay... I made pasta.) It's sooo good. And since I have no idea what to write about today (haha, sorry. I will make a schedule for the future!), I'll give you guys the recipe.

I don't really measure how much of everything that I put in. I just kinda see how it looks.

Start off with cherry tomatoes (or any kind of tomato. I just prefer cherry. They're so good & sweet.) and dice them. I leave some of them whole sometimes, because warm cherry tomatoes that pop in your mouth are SO good. So cut up the tomatoes, then throw them in a sauce pan and add olive oil and white wine vinegar. Or red wine vinegar. Whichever you prefer/have. I used red wine vinegar yesterday because I couldn't find the white wine and I was too hungry to look.

I loooooove garlic so I add a lot of garlic cloves. Our neighbours down the street grow garlic and gave us some bulbs and this is the best garlic I've ever had. The garlic cloves are HUGE and so strong. So I only used two, haha! That's probably a lot to everyone else, but I think garlic is one of my favourite foods (is garlic a food? Ah, who cares.). Then I put in a bunch of dried oregano. Oh and add sea salt and fresh ground pepper (or just plain old salt & pepper!).
I keep in on the stove for a while and just have it on low-medium heat and stir every once in a while. Then put some water on the stove to boil it. I usually use orzo or angel hair pasta, but all I could find was the spiral kind. But, any kind of pasta works. (I mean, they all taste the same, don't they?) So once the water boiled I went out back and picked some fresh basil and oregano for the top. And grabbed some Parmesan cheese. Sometimes I add in some brie cheese just before the pasta is cooked, or ricotta, or other kinds that I can't think of right now... haha. And sometimes I add in a bit of cream to make it nice and creamy.

Once the pasta is cooked, drain it and then I pour a bit into the sauce pan with the sauce and mix, adding more as you go. Then I add some grated Parmesan and fresh basil and oregano on top and eat! (Preferably with garlic bread. I didn't take a photo of the garlic bread. Well, okay, I did. But it didn't turn out well. All of my cameras and computers seem to be going against me this summer!)

It's so good... Mmm. It's good cold the next day (or later that night) too. If you like cold pasta, that is... Sometimes I like to put a lot of grated mozzarella cheese in it, then put it into a baking dish and put more grated cheese on top. Then put it in the oven a bit to melt it and it's sooo gooooood... haha.

If you make this let me know how it turns out!

(You don't know how many times while I was writing this I forgot what words were... haha what is with me today! I was like, "Umm what's that thing that you put the tomaotoes in called again...." "What's that other thing called..." Hahaha.)

So, here's the recipe?

- chopped up tomatoes of any kind
- olive oil
- white wine vinegar/olive oil
- dried oregano
- sea salt & freshly ground pepper
- any kind of pasta
- Parmesan cheese for topping

And I think that's it!

(Oh and if you know of any things to do in Chicago, check out the post below this!)

9 comments:

  1. :) garlic is totally a food - right?! Garlic makes every food better - how's that! Thanks for the recipe! I'm not much of a cook, but I like to try every once in awhile!

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  2. i looooooooooooove pasta! i can eat it everyday! how's the shred doing for ya Holly? im up to level 2 and every day I just wanna give up! lol

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  3. this sounds really good!

    p.s. i looked at your profile picture, and i can kiiinda see what people mean. i think it has something to do with his eyes! and i think he does look like both. probably because i think that joseph gordon-levitt and heath ledger look alike! :)

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  4. YUM! I usually make my tomato sauce by slow-roasting tomatoes.
    I agree, it IS hard to come up with things to blog about. I guess it takes time to fall into a rhythm over time...

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  5. This looks so good, Italian (besides Indian) is my favorite food genre!

    Its funny that you mentioned how hard it is to come up with post titles, I couldn't agree more. I've resigned myself to titling each post with collective nouns for animal groups i.e. army of ants, swarm of butterflies etc. since I think they're so interesting and kind of random =)

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  6. yumm yum!!! my mouth is watering. i. love. garlic!!!

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  7. This. Looks. Soooooo. Good. Like, Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Good. And something that even I, the-woman-who-sets-off-the-smoke-alarm-every-time-I-cook, can do. Thanks for sharing & for the delicious pics, Holly!

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  8. OK Holly, I just made this! While I was nervous that you didn't specify the measurements (I'm not a good cook & have no sense of it), everything came out GREAT. I love that you're all for substitution & using what you have. I used everything you mentioned plus spinach, mushrooms, chicken & Italian Seasoning. Yum! While I think I might've put too much salt, it was dee-lish. I can totally trick my husband into thinking I'm domestic now :)

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