My new favorite pasta

I’m sure it’s just a coincidence, but lately I’ve been stumbling onto these “quick and easy” dinner ideas that are anything but. They promise 20 minutes of hands-on and 30 in the oven, and two hours later you’re still clarifying butter or waiting on something to rise, other than your temper.

But I have to highly recommend just about everything in the “Fast” section of Food and Wine’s Premier Wine Issue, which came out as a free trial when their iPad app first hit the streets. (It’s no longer free, which can be a pain for folks who already subscribe, but it’s still worth keeping your eyes on this app, as current issues have been priced at a reasonable $1.99.)

We’re working our way down the list, and so far everything has been just as quick and easy as advertised. Even better, they’ve been delicious. If it says 40 minutes, you’ll get it done in 39 or less.

Spaghetti with Tomatoes, Anchovies, and Almonds
adapted from Grace Parisi’s Spaghettini with Tomatoes, Anchovies, and Almonds

1 to 1 ½ lbs beefsteak tomatoes
¼ cup basil leaves, shredded
2 scallions, thinly sliced
½ cup olive oil
red pepper flakes, dash
salt and pepper, dash of each
½ cup almonds, roasted
3 anchovies, oil packed
(This really makes the dish, but someone in our household doesn’t like anchovies, so we left them out, and it’s still a great dish.)
1-2 cloves of garlic, crushed
½ cup pecorino cheese, grated
2 Tbs capers
1 lb spaghettini or spaghetti

Combine the tomatoes, basil, scallions, olive oil, and red pepper in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper, and let them stand at room temperature while you make everything else.

Start your pasta.

In a medium-sized food processor, pulse the almonds and anchovies until uniformly chopped. Add the cheese and capers and pulse a few more times.

When the pasta is al dente, drain and then return to the warm pot. Add the almond/anchovie mix and stir gently until the pasta is evenly coated. Then add the tomato mix and toss. Serve with a little extra pecorino cheese.

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9 Responses to My new favorite pasta

  1. Faith says:

    Sounds like a great app! An arsenal of quick meal options is always good to have up your sleeve.

  2. Lea Ann says:

    Wish I had an I-pad. I’m a big Food and Wine fan. Would love to see more of their recipes. Sounds like this pasta dish should be my new favorite.

  3. Great pasta recipe that I could make right away!

  4. muddywaters says:

    I’m reading this post on the iPad, and it’s a very satisfying experience. Swiping and touching is much more satisfying than clicking. The word press mobile format is impressive.

    I agree with your comments about the anchovies. They add another layer of flavor to a dish like this.

    • I know I’m about to sound like a Kool-Ade drinking Jobbite, but sometimes I wish everything was designed by Apple. They’ve been letting me down on the software side lately, but their hard goods are just so pretty …

  5. Lori Lynn says:

    That pasta recipe really calls out to me. Thanks.
    LL

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