It doesn't make sense to go out to dinner just because you're in a hurry. And with a few quick strokes and good ingredients you're going to end up having something infinitely better and more flavorful than that crazy fast food kitchen could EVER make. So slow down. Grab 1 pan and a cutting board plus your BEST bottle of olive oil. (I always grab Olive Crate oil. YUMMM) Then set the timer and enjoy!
A lot of people think I slave in the kitchen 24/7. Well, I think about food all the time, but I have a life beyond my apron wearing super powers. And since I created this quick and fancy dinner, great with the addition of shrimp, chicken or even boiled egg if you're in a hurry and want more protein, I am convinced that there are NO barriers to creating beautiful food.
Chalk up one more reason for the bling cuisine, people. Chalk one up.
Kalamata Olive, Preserved Lemon* and Rosemary Angel Hair Pasta with Asiago Cheese
Serves 2 / Doubles or Triples with Ease
3 C cooked angel hair pasta
10 pitted kalamata olive halved or quartered
1 C grated asiago cheese
2 T garlic shoots (or roasted garlic if you have it)
1 T finely chopped fresh rosemary
3 T chopped preserved lemon -- or zest of 2 lemons and 1/2 t kosher salt
generous amounts of fine olive oil
Salt and white Pepper
Sprig of rosemary to garnish
*Preserved lemons are easy and provide an amazing acidic bite and power of lemons in an unparalleled way. Click here to get Ina Garten's recipe, the one I always use.
When pasta is done, just a smidge past al dente, drain most all the water out. Don't pour into a colander, just hold lid and empty cooking water. Add the chopped preserved lemons, or lemon juice and zest, the rosemary, olives and cheese along with about 3-4 T good oil, salt and white pepper. Serve with GENEROUS drizzle of olive oil and a sprig of rosemary.
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Meet the Cook...
My name is Camine Pappas and I love to create beautiful and delicious food that anyone can make. My signature style is one of combining things in a way you might not expect as I work to find a hidden combination of colors, textures and flavors from the things that are in my pantry and/or easy to obtain.