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  1. #1
    Wayne Boatwright Guest

    Default REC: Simple Quick Pasta Dinner

    This is more of a procedure than a recipe, but I make this whenever I
    have limited time and not in a mood for a tomato based sauce.

    Quantites as desired:

    Unsalted Butter
    Whole Garlic Cloves
    Portobello Mushrooms
    Pine Nuts
    Fresh Italian Parsley
    Freshly Grated Romano or Parmesan Cheese (or both)
    Thin or regular spaghetti
    Freshly Ground Black Peper

    In two sauté pans, melt unsalted butter over low heat.

    Slice whole garlic cloves into paper thin slices and add to one of
    the sauté pans. Simmer garlic until transparent but not btowned.

    Slice mushroom in 1/8" thick slices and add to other sauté pan.
    Sauté until mushrooms have given up their juices.

    Toast pine nuts, set aside.

    Finely chop the parsley and set aside.

    Cook spaghetti al dente in salted water. Toss gently with garlic,
    mushrooms, pine nuts, parsley, and a grew grindings of black pepper,
    including butter and juices from sauté pans.

    Sprinkle moderately with grated cheese and toss gently to combine.

    Serve on piping hot plates with additional grated cheese and black
    pepper on the side.


    --

    ~~ If there's a nit to pick, some nitwit will pick it. ~~

    ~~ A mind is a terrible thing to lose. ~~

    ************************************************** ********

    Wayne Boatwright


  2. #2
    Lew Hodgett Guest

    Default Re: Simple Quick Pasta Dinner


    "Wayne Boatwright" wrote:

    > This is more of a procedure than a recipe, but I make this whenever
    > I
    > have limited time and not in a mood for a tomato based sauce.

    <snip>
    -----------------------
    I'll see you your "procedure" and raise you a Carbonara for simplicity
    and GOOD taste.

    Then of course there is Whore's pasta.

    Even simpler.

    Lew



  3. #3
    Bob Terwilliger Guest

    Default Re: Simple Quick Pasta Dinner

    Wayne wrote:

    > Serve on piping hot plates with additional grated cheese and black
    > pepper on the side.


    When you bring the plates to the table, do you announce, "Be careful, these
    plates are really hot," just like waiters do?

    Bob



  4. #4
    Christine Dabney Guest

    Default Re: Simple Quick Pasta Dinner

    On Sun, 20 Jun 2010 23:59:57 -0700, "Lew Hodgett"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    >"Wayne Boatwright" wrote:
    >
    >> This is more of a procedure than a recipe, but I make this whenever
    >> I
    >> have limited time and not in a mood for a tomato based sauce.

    ><snip>
    >-----------------------
    >I'll see you your "procedure" and raise you a Carbonara for simplicity
    >and GOOD taste.
    >
    >Then of course there is Whore's pasta.
    >
    >Even simpler.
    >
    >Lew
    >


    I might go even simpler this week. I got some REAL tomatoes at the
    Saturday farmers market here.. I am thinking of making an uncooked
    sauce with them...with garlic sauteed in a bit of olive oil.. To go
    over hot pasta. Oh, with fresh basil too.

    Christine
    http://nightstirrings.blogspot.com

  5. #5
    George Leppla Guest

    Default Re: REC: Simple Quick Pasta Dinner

    On 6/21/2010 1:39 AM, Wayne Boatwright wrote:
    > This is more of a procedure than a recipe, but I make this whenever I
    > have limited time and not in a mood for a tomato based sauce.
    >
    > Quantites as desired:
    >
    > Unsalted Butter
    > Whole Garlic Cloves
    > Portobello Mushrooms
    > Pine Nuts
    > Fresh Italian Parsley
    > Freshly Grated Romano or Parmesan Cheese (or both)
    > Thin or regular spaghetti
    > Freshly Ground Black Peper
    >
    > In two sauté pans, melt unsalted butter over low heat.
    >
    > Slice whole garlic cloves into paper thin slices and add to one of
    > the sauté pans. Simmer garlic until transparent but not btowned.
    >
    > Slice mushroom in 1/8" thick slices and add to other sauté pan.
    > Sauté until mushrooms have given up their juices.
    >
    > Toast pine nuts, set aside.
    >
    > Finely chop the parsley and set aside.
    >
    > Cook spaghetti al dente in salted water. Toss gently with garlic,
    > mushrooms, pine nuts, parsley, and a grew grindings of black pepper,
    > including butter and juices from sauté pans.
    >
    > Sprinkle moderately with grated cheese and toss gently to combine.
    >
    > Serve on piping hot plates with additional grated cheese and black
    > pepper on the side.
    >
    >


    Sounds good but any recipe that needs two pans, a pot to boil pasta and
    another to toast the pine nuts isn't what I would call simple or quick.

    George L



  6. #6
    Christine Dabney Guest

    Default Re: REC: Simple Quick Pasta Dinner

    On Mon, 21 Jun 2010 07:16:14 -0500, George Leppla
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On 6/21/2010 1:39 AM, Wayne Boatwright wrote:
    >> This is more of a procedure than a recipe, but I make this whenever I
    >> have limited time and not in a mood for a tomato based sauce.


    >Sounds good but any recipe that needs two pans, a pot to boil pasta and
    >another to toast the pine nuts isn't what I would call simple or quick.
    >
    >George L
    >


    I hate to say it, but I agree with you, George. I probably would have
    used only one pan...and toasted the pinenuts in the toaster oven. Or
    if I didn't use the toaster oven, I would still use only one pan, but
    do everything in sucession.

    Christine
    http://nightstirrings.blogspot.com

  7. #7
    Wayne Boatwright Guest

    Default Re: Simple Quick Pasta Dinner

    On Sun 20 Jun 2010 11:59:57p, Lew Hodgett told us...

    >
    > "Wayne Boatwright" wrote:
    >
    >> This is more of a procedure than a recipe, but I make this
    >> whenever I
    >> have limited time and not in a mood for a tomato based sauce.

    > <snip>
    > -----------------------
    > I'll see you your "procedure" and raise you a Carbonara for
    > simplicity and GOOD taste.
    >
    > Then of course there is Whore's pasta.
    >
    > Even simpler.
    >
    > Lew


    I've made both Spaghetti Carbonara and Spaghetti alla Puttanesca, and
    enjoy both of these.

    I just happened to have the ingredients on hand for the one I made
    last night.


    --

    ~~ If there's a nit to pick, some nitwit will pick it. ~~

    ~~ A mind is a terrible thing to lose. ~~

    ************************************************** ********

    Wayne Boatwright


  8. #8
    Wayne Boatwright Guest

    Default Re: Simple Quick Pasta Dinner

    On Mon 21 Jun 2010 01:23:17a, Bob Terwilliger told us...

    > Wayne wrote:
    >
    >> Serve on piping hot plates with additional grated cheese and
    >> black pepper on the side.

    >
    > When you bring the plates to the table, do you announce, "Be
    > careful, these plates are really hot," just like waiters do?
    >
    > Bob


    Nah, I like to watch them reel back in pain. :-)



    --

    ~~ If there's a nit to pick, some nitwit will pick it. ~~

    ~~ A mind is a terrible thing to lose. ~~

    ************************************************** ********

    Wayne Boatwright


  9. #9
    Wayne Boatwright Guest

    Default Re: REC: Simple Quick Pasta Dinner

    On Mon 21 Jun 2010 05:31:27a, Christine Dabney told us...

    > On Mon, 21 Jun 2010 07:16:14 -0500, George Leppla
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>On 6/21/2010 1:39 AM, Wayne Boatwright wrote:
    >>> This is more of a procedure than a recipe, but I make this
    >>> whenever I have limited time and not in a mood for a tomato
    >>> based sauce.

    >
    >>Sounds good but any recipe that needs two pans, a pot to boil
    >>pasta and another to toast the pine nuts isn't what I would call
    >>simple or quick.
    >>
    >>George L
    >>

    >
    > I hate to say it, but I agree with you, George. I probably would
    > have used only one pan...and toasted the pinenuts in the toaster
    > oven. Or if I didn't use the toaster oven, I would still use only
    > one pan, but do everything in sucession.
    >
    > Christine
    > http://nightstirrings.blogspot.com
    >


    I didn't specify how I tasted the pine nuts, but as it happens, I did
    use the toaster oven. It's all a matter of preference, of course,
    but I prefer using the two sauté pans because If I used only one, I'd
    still have to put either the garlic or the mushrooms in another
    container while the other was cooking. This way, too, they can
    both be left on the range top to stay warm while the pasta cooks.
    Besides, I dishwasher *everything*, so no big deal.

    --

    ~~ If there's a nit to pick, some nitwit will pick it. ~~

    ~~ A mind is a terrible thing to lose. ~~

    ************************************************** ********

    Wayne Boatwright


  10. #10
    ChattyCathy Guest

    Default Re: REC: Simple Quick Pasta Dinner

    On Mon, 21 Jun 2010 05:31:27 -0700, Christine Dabney wrote:

    > On Mon, 21 Jun 2010 07:16:14 -0500, George Leppla
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>On 6/21/2010 1:39 AM, Wayne Boatwright wrote:
    >>> This is more of a procedure than a recipe, but I make this whenever I
    >>> have limited time and not in a mood for a tomato based sauce.

    >
    >>Sounds good but any recipe that needs two pans, a pot to boil pasta and
    >>another to toast the pine nuts isn't what I would call simple or quick.
    >>
    >>George L
    >>

    >
    > I hate to say it, but I agree with you, George. I probably would have
    > used only one pan...and toasted the pinenuts in the toaster oven. Or
    > if I didn't use the toaster oven, I would still use only one pan, but
    > do everything in sucession.


    I dunno so much. I think if the aforementioned pots/pans are suitable to
    go into the dishwasher, it should make no difference to the cleanup time
    - but it would speed up the cooking time a bit... Sounds like a nice
    recipe to me too, BTW.

    --
    Cheers
    Chatty Cathy


  11. #11
    Bob Terwilliger Guest

    Default Re: Simple Quick Pasta Dinner

    Christine wrote:

    > I might go even simpler this week. I got some REAL tomatoes at the
    > Saturday farmers market here.. I am thinking of making an uncooked
    > sauce with them...with garlic sauteed in a bit of olive oil.. To go
    > over hot pasta. Oh, with fresh basil too.


    Last summer I became a fan of the Spanish technique of rubbing a cut tomato
    against a coarse grater to remove and mince the flesh while leaving the peel
    behind. Just imagine hot pasta with that raw tomato puree, garlic, raw
    zucchini brunoise, parsley, and grated Manchego cheese. Maybe with a glass
    of tempranillo.


    Bob



  12. #12
    Jean B. Guest

    Default Re: REC: Simple Quick Pasta Dinner

    Wayne Boatwright wrote:
    > This is more of a procedure than a recipe, but I make this whenever I
    > have limited time and not in a mood for a tomato based sauce.
    >
    > Quantites as desired:
    >
    > Unsalted Butter
    > Whole Garlic Cloves
    > Portobello Mushrooms
    > Pine Nuts
    > Fresh Italian Parsley
    > Freshly Grated Romano or Parmesan Cheese (or both)
    > Thin or regular spaghetti
    > Freshly Ground Black Peper
    >
    > In two sauté pans, melt unsalted butter over low heat.
    >
    > Slice whole garlic cloves into paper thin slices and add to one of
    > the sauté pans. Simmer garlic until transparent but not btowned.
    >
    > Slice mushroom in 1/8" thick slices and add to other sauté pan.
    > Sauté until mushrooms have given up their juices.
    >
    > Toast pine nuts, set aside.
    >
    > Finely chop the parsley and set aside.
    >
    > Cook spaghetti al dente in salted water. Toss gently with garlic,
    > mushrooms, pine nuts, parsley, and a grew grindings of black pepper,
    > including butter and juices from sauté pans.
    >
    > Sprinkle moderately with grated cheese and toss gently to combine.
    >
    > Serve on piping hot plates with additional grated cheese and black
    > pepper on the side.
    >
    >

    Sounds good, both as is and to play with.

    --
    Jean B.

  13. #13
    James Silverton Guest

    Default Re: Simple Quick Pasta Dinner

    Bob wrote on Mon, 21 Jun 2010 07:47:19 -0700:

    >> I might go even simpler this week. I got some REAL tomatoes
    >> at the Saturday farmers market here.. I am thinking of
    >> making an uncooked sauce with them...with garlic sauteed in a
    >> bit of olive oil.. To go over hot pasta. Oh, with fresh
    >> basil too.


    > Last summer I became a fan of the Spanish technique of rubbing
    > a cut tomato against a coarse grater to remove and mince the
    > flesh while leaving the peel behind. Just imagine hot pasta
    > with that raw tomato puree, garlic, raw zucchini brunoise,
    > parsley, and grated Manchego cheese. Maybe with a glass of
    > tempranillo.


    No thank you! I have tried Nigella Lawson's uncooked "ur-Marinara" sauce
    and you can keep it.

    --

    James Silverton
    Potomac, Maryland

    Email, with obvious alterations: not.jim.silverton.at.verizon.not


  14. #14
    Christine Dabney Guest

    Default Re: Simple Quick Pasta Dinner

    On Mon, 21 Jun 2010 10:58:23 -0400, "James Silverton"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Bob wrote on Mon, 21 Jun 2010 07:47:19 -0700:


    >> Last summer I became a fan of the Spanish technique of rubbing
    >> a cut tomato against a coarse grater to remove and mince the
    >> flesh while leaving the peel behind. Just imagine hot pasta
    >> with that raw tomato puree, garlic, raw zucchini brunoise,
    >> parsley, and grated Manchego cheese. Maybe with a glass of
    >> tempranillo.

    >
    >No thank you! I have tried Nigella Lawson's uncooked "ur-Marinara" sauce
    >and you can keep it.


    I like my tomatoes chunkier than that. And for pasta, I like the
    zucchini cooked a bit...

    I do make a sauce (from The Savory Way, by Deborah Madison), that has
    red onion, two roasted peppers (red and yellow) zucchini, fresh
    tomatoes, and basil in it. The tomatoes are added last with the basil
    as the pan is taken off the heat, so the residual heat slightly
    heats/cooks them. It is then put on top of rigatoni, along with a
    dollop of aioli, and then mixed together into the pasta. The heat
    melts the aioli a bit, and makes a wonderful garlicky sauce.

    It is one of the joys of summer for me. I will probably make it
    someday when either Koko or Lin are here.... I love a good rose with
    it...the perfect summer wine.

    Last time I served it to company, I think I had it as part of a
    several course meal. I served a small portion of it to start the
    meal.. Then I seem to remember having some sort of sauteed veal
    scallop with it... This was quite a few years ago...

    Christine
    http://nightstirrings.blogspot.com

  15. #15
    Lou Decruss Guest

    Default Re: REC: Simple Quick Pasta Dinner

    On Mon, 21 Jun 2010 15:58:05 +0200, ChattyCathy
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Mon, 21 Jun 2010 05:31:27 -0700, Christine Dabney wrote:
    >
    >> On Mon, 21 Jun 2010 07:16:14 -0500, George Leppla
    >> <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>>On 6/21/2010 1:39 AM, Wayne Boatwright wrote:
    >>>> This is more of a procedure than a recipe, but I make this whenever I
    >>>> have limited time and not in a mood for a tomato based sauce.

    >>
    >>>Sounds good but any recipe that needs two pans, a pot to boil pasta and
    >>>another to toast the pine nuts isn't what I would call simple or quick.
    >>>
    >>>George L
    >>>

    >>
    >> I hate to say it, but I agree with you, George. I probably would have
    >> used only one pan...and toasted the pinenuts in the toaster oven. Or
    >> if I didn't use the toaster oven, I would still use only one pan, but
    >> do everything in sucession.

    >
    >I dunno so much. I think if the aforementioned pots/pans are suitable to
    >go into the dishwasher, it should make no difference to the cleanup time
    >- but it would speed up the cooking time a bit... Sounds like a nice
    >recipe to me too, BTW.


    I agree. The extra pot is no big deal and it's not like pasta makes a
    pan messy and hard to clean.

    Lou

  16. #16
    sf Guest

    Default Re: REC: Simple Quick Pasta Dinner

    On Mon, 21 Jun 2010 15:58:05 +0200, ChattyCathy
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I dunno so much. I think if the aforementioned pots/pans are suitable to
    > go into the dishwasher, it should make no difference to the cleanup time
    > - but it would speed up the cooking time a bit... Sounds like a nice
    > recipe to me too, BTW.


    I never put pots or pans in the dishwasher and the recipe/procedure
    still appealed.

    --
    Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.

  17. #17
    Dimitri Guest

    Default Re: Simple Quick Pasta Dinner

    "Wayne Boatwright" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected] 5.247...
    > This is more of a procedure than a recipe, but I make this whenever I
    > have limited time and not in a mood for a tomato based sauce.
    >
    > Quantites as desired:
    >
    > Unsalted Butter
    > Whole Garlic Cloves
    > Portobello Mushrooms
    > Pine Nuts
    > Fresh Italian Parsley
    > Freshly Grated Romano or Parmesan Cheese (or both)
    > Thin or regular spaghetti
    > Freshly Ground Black Peper
    >
    > In two sauté pans, melt unsalted butter over low heat.
    >
    > Slice whole garlic cloves into paper thin slices and add to one of
    > the sauté pans. Simmer garlic until transparent but not btowned.
    >
    > Slice mushroom in 1/8" thick slices and add to other sauté pan.
    > Sauté until mushrooms have given up their juices.
    >
    > Toast pine nuts, set aside.
    >
    > Finely chop the parsley and set aside.
    >
    > Cook spaghetti al dente in salted water. Toss gently with garlic,
    > mushrooms, pine nuts, parsley, and a grew grindings of black pepper,
    > including butter and juices from sauté pans.
    >
    > Sprinkle moderately with grated cheese and toss gently to combine.
    >
    > Serve on piping hot plates with additional grated cheese and black
    > pepper on the side.
    >
    >
    > --
    >
    > ~~ If there's a nit to pick, some nitwit will pick it. ~~
    >
    > ~~ A mind is a terrible thing to lose. ~~
    >
    > ************************************************** ********
    >
    > Wayne Boatwright
    >


    What no artichoke hearts?

    Shame shame shame.

    :-)

    Dimitri


  18. #18
    sf Guest

    Default Re: REC: Simple Quick Pasta Dinner

    On Mon, 21 Jun 2010 06:39:24 GMT, Wayne Boatwright
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > This is more of a procedure than a recipe, but I make this whenever I
    > have limited time and not in a mood for a tomato based sauce.


    TY, Wayne. I finally made pasta e olio for the first time a week or
    so ago and decided that I need to simplify my cooking more.

    --
    Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.

  19. #19
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: REC: Simple Quick Pasta Dinner

    In article <[email protected] 7>,
    Wayne Boatwright <[email protected]> wrote:

    > This is more of a procedure than a recipe, but I make this whenever I
    > have limited time and not in a mood for a tomato based sauce.
    >
    > Quantites as desired:
    >
    > Unsalted Butter
    > Whole Garlic Cloves
    > Portobello Mushrooms
    > Pine Nuts
    > Fresh Italian Parsley
    > Freshly Grated Romano or Parmesan Cheese (or both)
    > Thin or regular spaghetti
    > Freshly Ground Black Peper
    >
    > In two sauté pans, melt unsalted butter over low heat.
    >
    > Slice whole garlic cloves into paper thin slices and add to one of
    > the sauté pans. Simmer garlic until transparent but not btowned.
    >
    > Slice mushroom in 1/8" thick slices and add to other sauté pan.
    > Sauté until mushrooms have given up their juices.
    >
    > Toast pine nuts, set aside.
    >
    > Finely chop the parsley and set aside.
    >
    > Cook spaghetti al dente in salted water. Toss gently with garlic,
    > mushrooms, pine nuts, parsley, and a grew grindings of black pepper,
    > including butter and juices from sauté pans.
    >
    > Sprinkle moderately with grated cheese and toss gently to combine.
    >
    > Serve on piping hot plates with additional grated cheese and black
    > pepper on the side.


    This sounds really good, but you missed the fresh Basil. :-)
    With pine nuts and garlic, it's kinda a must imho?

    Saved to disk. Thanks!
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  20. #20
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: REC: Simple Quick Pasta Dinner

    In article <[email protected]>,
    sf <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Mon, 21 Jun 2010 15:58:05 +0200, ChattyCathy
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > > I dunno so much. I think if the aforementioned pots/pans are suitable to
    > > go into the dishwasher, it should make no difference to the cleanup time
    > > - but it would speed up the cooking time a bit... Sounds like a nice
    > > recipe to me too, BTW.

    >
    > I never put pots or pans in the dishwasher and the recipe/procedure
    > still appealed.


    Ditto. :-)
    But I'll add my own preferences to it as mentioned in a previous post.
    <g> I'm a tweaker! Capers and anchovies might work with it too.
    --
    Peace! Om

    Web Albums: <http://picasaweb.google.com/OMPOmelet>
    Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat. --Alex Levine

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