3.13.2011

Simple spaghetti Saturday


Spaghetti - a thin, long and stringlike type of pasta – is the quintessential Italian food. It is typically eaten with meatballs or in a tomato-based meat sauce. I love spaghetti, but I often prepare it in a non-traditional way. I enjoy cooking tomato sauce from scratch but - especially when the weather feels like spring (even though it’s autumn!) - I want something lighter and fresher but still hearty.
I used one of my favourite ingredients - the borlotti bean.  This beautifully speckled bean is full of protein and has a firm yet creamy texture. I added fresh cherry tomatoes, garlic infused olive oil, freshly shaved pecorino romano and baby basil.  I finished it with a little sprinkle of dried red chili.  I love wholemeal or wholegrain pasta – it’s healthy for one, but it also has a rich grainy texture and stronger flavour. Remember - you have to cook it (a little) longer than regular pasta.
This was a great, light dinner but would also make a tasty and filling lunch.


11 comments:

  1. Isn't simple pasta some of the best pasta? This looks pretty nice :)

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  2. Absolutely! I definitely subscribe to the 'less is more' philosophy of pasta recipes - thanks!

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  3. Hi! This looks so simple and fresh. Yum! I also had a pasta Sunday - lasagne. I think I might try making my own wholewheat lasagne sheets next time. Your post inspired me to make it vaguely healthier!

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  4. Love simple spaghetti. I love adding beans, but never tried this one, so thank you for the recommendation!

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  5. I've never seen borlotti beans. I'll have to see where I can purchase them here in Seattle. Lovely, light meal!

    Kristi

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  6. What a great combination! It sounds like a light, but filling meal, perfect for a change in seasons.

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  7. This is my favorite of pasta dish...so fresh and looks just beautiful.

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  8. I love spaghetti too....actually, i love all sorts of pasta. Lol.
    I make something very similar but i have never used pecorino cheese....i will look for that at the grocery store next time.

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  9. Hi everyone - thanks for the kind words. I'm glad that my pasta recipe could be of some inspiration to you in the kitchen!

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