Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Herbed Farfalle

Have I ever told you I've never met a pasta I didn't like? Well it's true. I like to use different types of pasta in different dishes and sometimes, depending on my mood, I like to go with something different. Something about farfalle or bow tie pasta is just fun; maybe it's the "ric-rac" looking edges or the way it's gathered in the middle. Bow tie pasta not used as often as penne or spaghetti and it's my job to get farfalle out there front and center. Farfalle just brings a little bit more fun to certain pasta dishes.

Herbed Farfalle -

Cook 1 lb. of farfalle pasta to al dente and drain and return to pot. Halfway through your pasta cooking time, reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water. Over low heat and I mean the lowest setting, put 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a pan with 2 cloves of garlic that is semi-smashed. Just let the pan set while you do everything else. The garlic will infuse the oil with a wonderful garlic taste.

While the pasta is cooking and your oil is infusing, grate 1 cup of Pecorino Romano cheese, chop 2 scallions, 2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley and optional 2 teaspoons lemon thyme. Actually you can use just about any herb you desire such as basil, rosemary, creative.

Remove garlic cloves from the oil, discard and pour oil over pasta, pour reserved pasta water over pasta and combine all. Add scallions, parsley, thyme and combine. Add cheese and combine.

I did find that the lemon thyme gave the pasta a subtle lemon taste in the background.

Time to eat!


Paula said...

Oooh, I like how you used lemon thyme in this, as well as the garlic infused oil. This is one of my most favorite ways to eat pasta ... garlic, oil, and pecorino. I'm going to try your version with the infused oil, lemon thyme and scallions. Yum!

April said...

YUM! this looks delicious! I agree, I have pasta is just too friendly, never met one that I just didn't like!

Lanny said...

Yummy! I rarely make pasta because Linus won't eat it (she'll eat spaghetti, but only from one restaurant). I think she's the only child on the planet who won't eat mac & cheese. I think both Army and I would love this though, so we'll have to give it a try!

Is it really childish of me to love bowtie pasta because I think it's cute? I think bowtie makes a great pasta salad!

Prudy said...

Sounds so yummy and easy to make too. I love elegance and ease combined. The ric rac farfalle comparison is so true-never thought about it but it is the cutest pasta.