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Linguine with Tomatoes and Peas

May 9, 2011

Inspired by the fresh cuisine from Bibiana, last night I made a fresh and light pasta dish. I highly recommend the May 2011 Italian themed issue of Bon Appetit magazine. As I have said before, the secret to Italian food is high quality ingredients and going for simple, rather than extravagant. The issue has an entire section on how to cook simple pastas with basic methods that produce a  sophisticated taste.

Linguine with Tomatoes and Peas

  • olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, loosely chopped
  • 1/3 cup of red onion, diced
  • 9 oz of egg linguine (preferably fresh not dry pasta)
  • 1 cup of sliced grape tomatoes
  • 1.5 cups of frozen peas
  • 1 cup of reserved pasta water
  • 1 tb butter
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Pecorino Romano cheese to taste
  • fresh basil

1. Boil a pot of salted water.

2. Meanwhile, saute the garlic and onion in olive oil. Once the onion is slightly translucent, add the tomatoes, peas, and butter. Add salt and pepper. Let simmer for 6 minutes.

3. Cook the linguine for one minute. Read the package, most fresh pasta only takes two minutes to cook. So remove the pasta after a minute. Reserve a cup of pasta water.

4. Add the linguine into the saute pan, with 1 cup of reserved pasta cooking water. Using tongs, move the linguine around so it soaks up the sauce.

5. Serve with a topping of Pecorino Romano cheese and fresh basil sprigs.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 10, 2011 7:38 am

    This is what I cooked (with green beans instead of peas) for the first Meatless Monday dinner at our house last night, and everyone (my sister is in town) agreed that it was delish. It was quick, easy, tasty & healthy. Love it! But the pre-dinner conversation went something like this —

    R: We could add some chicken to it.
    B: No, we can’t. It’s Meatless Monday.
    R: *groan* Are we really doing that?
    B: Yes.
    R: I thought you were kidding.
    B: I wasn’t kidding.
    R: Well, how long are we going to keep doing Meatless Monday?
    B: Until you don’t mind it anymore….and then, what’s the point of stopping?
    R: I was afraid you were going to say that.

  2. May 10, 2011 10:06 am

    Love it! Meatless Mondays is such a good initiative. A healthy way to start the week. Robb will turn around, I know it. It takes awhile to adjust food habits!

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