Let’s talk pasta. I live for pasta days. I get excited seeing Mario Batali make fresh, homemade pasta from scratch on The Chew (homemade stuffed ravioli and pappardelle in olive oil, mushrooms, and buttered sage! OH.MY.GOD), I daydream about ravioli, linguine, and egg noodles, and I almost always dive for the pasta dishes at self-serve, pay-by-weight buffets at supermarkets and gourmet food stores like All the Best Fine Foods and Daniel et Daniel. The seafood linguine at The Pickle Barrel was even one of my favourite dishes back in the day when my high school friends and I used to frequent the restaurant for girls’ night get-togethers. And yet, for a pasta and noodle lover like myself, I don’t eat it often enough and it’s sadly one of the more neglected foodie areas on the blog. I am totally committed to changing that this year though; I love pasta too much to not see it shine!
I had three very memorable pasta and noodle meals this past month though, including a delicious ramen and pork gyoza dumpling noodle-in-soup bowl, an amazing pesto chicken fusili from Daniel et Daniel (fact: pesto makes everything heavenly), and an Italian all-you-can-eat feast for my brother’s birthday at Frankie Tomatto’s where I had crab stuffed ravioli bathed in a light garlic, tomato, and parsley cream sauce, spaghetti and vegetarian meatballs, and braised beef and butternut squash pasta. It was wonderful.
It’s hard to get my pasta fix on a regular basis. And by regular basis, I mean almost every day. My entire family has different carborhydrate tastes. There’s me, the pasta and noodle lover in the flesh. Then there’s my mum who happily claims she could live on nothing but bread. Then there’s my brother who will eat rice, bread, and pasta but not really noodles. Finally, we have my dad who is, what my mum and I call, a “human rice bucket”. It’s maddening trying to find things we all love sometimes. Thus, when my mum suggested having fettuccine for dinner, I did my happy-fists dance!
For dinner: regular and spinach fettuccine in tomato sauce with chicken meatballs, red, orange, and yellow bell peppers, button mushrooms, celery, crushed tomatoes, shredded mozzarella cheese, white pepper, and parsley flakes. I love different cream sauces (garlic, mushroom, portuguese, white wine, the whole shebang) but every so often, tomato sauce hits the spot and for me, it has to be a tomato sauce devoid of meat. Just plain old crushed tomatoes and herbs does the job. I currently have my eye on some udon noodle bowls at a few sushi spots in town, some Portuguese chicken spaghetti, any and all kinds of macaroni and cheese, and ravioli. Lots of ravioli. The year is still young so we’ll see how many dishes I get around to enjoying!
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