Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Light And Mini Farfalle Pasta For Spring

Tonight it was just me and my mother for dinner, and I was desperately in the mood to cook up something yummy. I originally planned to surprise my dad with home-made beer bread, but he was working late so his loss. Therefore, I made dinner for my mother instead, and I knew what made her most happy was a simple pasta with fresh herbs from the garden and anything that included mouth watering tomatoes. So I came up with a light and springy pasta dish that included just that. The sauce is nothing more than some olive oil and cooking water (okay, I did add a little bit of butter), and the flavors of fresh rosemary and grape tomatoes really shine through this simple yet delectable pasta dish. The asparagus and parsley also add a nice spring touch to the mini farfalle and well. . . parsley goes good with almost anything cheesy, Italian, and fresh. The dish was prepared in about ten minutes, so to those who live on a "busy schedule", you now have no excuse as to not cook this good!
1/8 cup olive oil (plus more)
1/2 pound mini farfalle pasta
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup grated white cheddar cheese (plus more)
freshly ground black pepper
freshly ground salt
1 cup steamed and cooled asparagus
1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1 stalk fresh rosemary, finely chopped
3 or so "stems" parsley, coarsely chopped/torn (leave some whole to garnish)
cook pasta in well-salted water with some olive oil until al dente. Drain pasta, reserving 3/4 cups of the pasta cooking water. Dry out pot and leave on high heat and then add olive oil until almost starts to boil it. Then add pasta and pasta water. Add butter, cheese, pepper, tomatoes, asparagus, parsley, and rosemary. Toss together and serve in shallow bowls or plates. Garnish with pepper, parsley, and cheese. May also need to add more salt. Serve warm and enjoy!

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