Thursday, July 06, 2006

Pasta for Kelly

Most of the gang out for supper at "The Forks" after Craig's graduation

The restaurant did not have the following recipe........ but they should.........

Very easy........... taken from Food Network, not sure of exact proportions (For once in my life, no real recipe)

Pasta, any shape, but something heavier (penne) works best
Pancetta (Italian bacon) about 1/4 - 1/2 lb
mushrooms (firmer brown mushrooms are ideal)
garlic - 1-2 cloves, minced
canned tomatoes (purists would use Italian Plum tomatoes) 16-28 oz at least
oregano (sprinkle)
salt, pepper to taste
fresh parsley, basil if you have it....
cream (optional, but highly recommended)

Boil pasta, in salted water.

Saute pancetta (if it is really lean you might need a bit of olive oil) until really crispy, it smells weird, but the end result will be good)... add onion, garlic, mushrooms, saute until onions are soft. Add tomatoes and oregano, salt and pepper..... cook 5-10 minutes or longer until sauce is thick..... If you want to make it super delicious, add some cream (or fat free cream for all you skinny people. in a pinch use milk, but the sauce won't be quite the right consistency)

Drain pasta and add to the sauce, toss to coat it all, sprinkle on the fresh parsley/basil if using and serve....

Oh, one of my favourite restaurants makes a version of this but puts in hunks of the baby mozzarella when spooning it onto the plate.... even MORE delicious....


Jane said...

I dont check in as often as I would like to but it is great to catch up many things when I do. It is great to see the pictures! Keep them in there.
Life sounds busy for all of you but as you say everything just keeps moving forward for all of you.
When do you move to Regina?

Anonymous said...

Looks like you were all enjoying the gathering. I check your blog often and it's great to hear your news. Heh that pasta recipe sounds delicious - of course I would take out the meat, and serve it on the side. HAHA, and the mozza balls sound great too. Will have to try it.
Take care

Anonymous said...

What did I eat? I don't think my food was as good as this sounds!

...oh ya...lemon pepper chicken...mine was good too!

Anonymous said...


Ha, I figured out the password thingie! :)

Love the recipe. I'm gonna try it. LOVE the photos too!

Hope you're feelin' okay, honey.

Anonymous said...

I can make that pasta. Not far from my secret recipe!


apprentice said...

Mmm you've made me hungry, despite the fact that I've already eaten two healthy salads today!

Looks like a good clan gathering you had there. I hope you're past your worst chemo days. It'll soon be September/October.

Anonymous said...

Hi Joanne, thanks for all of the advise on the weekend. I sure needed it. The flowers are just beautiful.

Anonymous said...

The kids were so glad to see the pictures of Craig and Brian. What an achievment for Craig. Engineering, unbelievable. JT

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