Started this dinner one at about :5:40 PM, dinner was served just before 6:44 PM - including the sexy photo shoot. Ready , Set , Go . Mangia !
Orecchiette con Aspargi e Ricotta
|Orecchiette with Asparagus and Ricotta|
This is one of those dishes where the name of the dish says everything. You've seen this format of pasta before, Its is usually hand made, and resembles, as the name indicates "little ears". This is a famous pasta. It' has even got its own Wikipedia Entry : Orecchiette (in english) (in Italian)
Sautee some fresh asparagus cut into one inch piece in some EVOO , along with some garlic, grape tomatoes and small Italian sweet green pepper (cubanelle).
Cook your orecchiette pasta, until al dente. As you cook the pasta, reserve about 1 cup of starch water from the simmering pasta.
Once the asparagus is tender , toss in 1 cup of starch water and about 1 1/2 cups of whole milk ricotta cheese. Cook 1-2 minutes more so that the liquids are mostly evaporated. Add a good dose of grated Romano cheese to your pan. Adjust seasoning as the ricotta will reduce the saltiness of the dish. Toss the pasta with the aspargus sauce. Sprinkle with some good EVOO to add extra flavor and serve piping hot.
Chinese Eggplant in Cilantro and Garlic Sauce
|Chinese Eggplant in Light Cilantro and Garlic Sauce|