I’ve made this dish since I was a teenager and went to an obscure (tiny) Italian restaurant in Toronto and had it for the first time. I remember my sister and I walking for what seemed to be hours shopping and going into this oasis of a little restaurant.
We had Pellegrino (very swish in those days) and this wonderful pasta dish. My first taste of arugula and the start of a lifelong love affair with this spicy green.
You can be done “cooking” in less time than a mediocre Italian take away could arrive. Save the money and get a gorgeous pair of shoes instead.
Having said that-Kristen (over at Frugal Girl) has a fantastic plan that I will be adopting. She and her husband have take-out once a week as part of a rather brilliant date night. They get to have a full conversation, actually see one another, complete a whole thought…imagine that.
This dish is more about the ingreients and less about the being fancy. Get a really special bottle of olive oil (so green that it looks like a health drink) and a really rich balsamic.
They are the real stars of this dish.
In a bowl toss; halved cherry tomatoes (1 cup-if you have really lovely tomatoes in the garden then use them-nothing will ever beat that taste), 3 garlic cloves (minced or crushed very fine), 1 T. peppercorns (roughly crushed with the bottom of a pot), one bunch of arugula (very roughly and largely chopped), one bunch of fresh basil (see arugula instructions).
Add 4 cups of cooked tube pasta (buccatoni, penne…whatever floats your boat) and start to drizzle in that very rich balsamic and olive oil. The oil should be so tasty that you just about want to drink it. Taste as you go. I usually end up with 1/3 of a cup of each.
Shave in big chunks of parmesan.
Have it in your own little oasis and make sure you watch “Under the Tuscan Sun” to set the mood.
This looks like sooooo good to me. I love a light, fresh pasta dish so much. You've made me hungry! I am now your newest follower. I am looking forward to reading more. Have a fantastic weekend!
You've made my Saturday even brighter!
A Pretty Life in the Suburbs said:
Mmm! This looks so good! Thank for stopping by my blog today! Love my Canadian readers! I'm following you along too!Jo-Anna
So glad you popped by and thrilled that you decided to follow 🙂 Off to explore more of your fab blog.
Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said:
This looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing:) You got a lovely space here.Hope to see you on my blog:)
Looks like a lovely meal. Thanks for sharing the recipe at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.