Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Simple Says It Best - Fagottini with Olive Oil, Garlic & Herbs

When serving pasta, sometimes the sauce is everything. It can be rich...spicy...creamy...with seafood...or sausages...you know what I mean. All you have to do is pick a pasta that either holds sauce (like penne or other spiral or cup-shaped pasta) or coats easily (especially the creamy or pesto rich sauces - long skinny pasta are my favorites for these).

But sometimes, you need to let the pasta itself be the star...like last night's Fagottini. I couldn't resist these cute bundles at the grocery store. They're filled with eggplant, zucchini, onions, carrots, celery and spinach, according to the packages and I really didn't want to overwhelm them with a sauce. So I did the simplest and, in my opinion, best thing....after draining the pasta, I put a little spritz of olive oil in the hot empty pot, added 2 cloves of garlic, finely minced and swirled it around, just to get the aroma going. Then I added the fagottini and a handful of fresh parsley, basil and oregano, coarsely chopped. I added a handful of freshly grated Parmesan and some black pepper...a final toss and voila - an unbelievable dinner!

I guess the thing I love best about pasta dinners, is that they can be as complex or as easy as your mood and the contents of your pantry. What's on your table tonight?

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5 comments:

Sara said...

I don't think I've ever heard of that pasta before. They sound delicious though.

katiez said...

Garlic, olive oil and sage is one of my favorite ways of finishing pasta.
I love those little bundles! Were they as good as they sound?

Ruth Daniels said...

Sara, I hadn't either. The fresh pasta was President's Choice brand. Not sure if you get it out west.

Katiez, they were!

Thanks for dropping by.

Holler said...

The Fagottini sounds great, I haven't tried it before! I think you are right though, whenever I have fresh filled pasta, I just serve it with a little butter, a grating of parmesan and top with a little fresh parmesan. Delicious!

chemcookit said...

Oh wow, this sounds absolutely delicious!!! What a great idea to try.... mmm.. maybe the possible stuffed pasta I make will be this fagottini, and your sauce seems perfect!