Monday, May 23, 2011

Pasta Asciutta

This is a meal I prepared after reading Farewell to Arms. When I thought about the potatoes and pasta....that seemed a non-Adkins meal if I heard of one. (But I'm not on Adkins...so..that's all good)



Pasta Asciutta

1 pound fettucine, tagliatelle or trenette pasta noodles
3/4 cup virgin olive oil
12 cloves fresh garlic
1 medium white onion
6 medium idaho potatoes
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cube butter or margarine
1 pound fresh green beans
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

Peel potatoes and cube (cut to 3/4 to 1 inch pieces). Boil potatoes in salted water till tender. Do not over-cook. Meanwhile, steam string beans till tender but still crisp and set aside with potatoes.

In a heavy skillet or cast iron frying pan, heat oil and add halved cloves of garlic and finely chopped onion. Saute till golden crisp.

Meanwhile, cook pasta noodles in salted water. Cook aldente (cooked just right). Drain, add potatoes, string beans and toss gently. Add butter to heated garlic and onion sauce to melt. Pour sauce over pasta mixture, add pepper, parmesan cheese and work through very gently.

Serve this pasta dish with extra parmesan cheese and French bread.

Options: To add a Pesto flavor, sprinkle with 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil (basilica) and toss gently to coat.



For the book review please see Novels Meals.

And...since it's a pasta dish...I will be sending it to Presto Pasta Nights. The host this week is Trish at My Slap Happy Kitchen

Enjoy!

12 comments:

Wandering Coyote said...

Potatoes & pasta together? In the same dish? Wow. Interesting.

Pierce said...

WC - I wondered about that...but it was described so well in Farewell to Arms and thought, that is the meal I want to try for my book review. It was good!

Drick said...

oh yeah... now this is carb city... double the onions and bacon for me...

'trish said...

Carbs, bacon, and onion does sound like perfection...love this!

Ruth Daniels said...

Now I have to reread the book for the pasta & potato reference. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.

Pierce said...

I know...when I saw pasta and potatoes....but I promise, it blends well! Drick is totally cprrect - double the onions!

The Food Hunter said...

I've heard of this combo before but have never tried it. It sure looks good.

Le laquet said...

Gosh - very different! Was it good? Pumpkin and pancetta risotto here last night ... slurp!

Pierce said...

Food Hunter - It's a winner, thanks for your nice comment!

Mrs. L - that risotto sounds pretty good, don't believe I've ever had it with pumpkin. Tell me how it goes!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

I am all for carbs with my carbs! You served bread too, right? ;-)
I had a lasagna from Tyler that had spuds in it, I really enjoyed the combination.
Looks great!

Le laquet said...

Oh my T ... it was delish - slow cooked pancetta in the body of the dish AND crispy streaky bits and crispy sage leaves on top *dribble*

Roz from 'la bella vita' said...

Pasta and potatoes together sings to my carb-crazy heart! Yummo!

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