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Angel Hair Amore

This summer I had a fabulous pasta dish at Fountain Cafe in Port Townsend. Yesterday I made a vegetarian version of the dish they called Capellini Amore.

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Fountain Cafe Port Townsend

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Recipe

  • 1/2 Lb Angel Hair Pasta
  • 2 Ripe Tomatoes Chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Basil Chopped
  • 1/3 Cup Kalamata Olives Chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Capers
  • 4 Garlic Cloves Chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Pasta Water
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste

Cook the pasta and reserve some of the water for the sauce. Chop the garlic, tomatoes, basil and olives. Saute the garlic in olive oil and add the tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes, add the pasta water, olives and capers. Right before topping the pasta with the mixture add the basil. Serve with Parmesan cheese.  I have to admit this dish is wonderful but the Fountain Cafe’s was better.

Angel Hair Pasta Dish

 

Basil & Tomato Farfalle

This is a fresh and simple pasta dish.

Basil Tomato Farfalle

  • 5 roma tomatoes
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup fresh chopped basil
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 lb farfalle pasta

Chop tomatoes, garlic and basil. Cook the garlic and tomatoes in the olive oil on low in a skillet with the lid for 20 minutes. Cook the farfalle pasta. Add the basil and pasta to the skillet and mix together and serve.

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Turkey Sausage Rotini

Turkey Sausage Rotini

  • 1 package Jennie-O hot Italian turkey sausage
  • 1 – 24 oz. Jar of tomato basil sauce
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • 3 stalks celery chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 lb rotini pasta

Saute carrots, onions, celery and garlic in olive oil until tender for 10 minutes.

Cook turkey sausage (I like to put it in the food processor to create a smooth sauce)

Add the turkey to the sauce and cook on low for 1/2 hour. Prepare the pasta and serve with shaved Parmesan cheese.

Pesto Rigatoni

Is there anything more delizioso than homemade pesto? Today I made enough to enjoy as pesto salmon bruschetta later. As an added bonus, I watched the movie Under the Tuscan Sun which always gets me in the mood for Italian cuisine.

Pesto Rigatoni

  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/4 cup roasted pine nuts
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 lb rigatoni

Cook pasta and set aside. Put basil, olive oil, garlic, parmesan cheese and pine nuts in the food processor and blend together adding more olive oil if you want it smoother. Add salt and pepper to taste. Toss together in a large mixing bowl, plate and serve. Garnish with parmesan cheese. Serves two people.

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Mushroom, Tomato & Garlic Fettuccine

You must love garlic for this easy Italian dish. There is nothing quite like the aroma of garlic heating up in olive oil in your kitchen.

Mushroom, Tomato & Garlic Fettuccine

  • 5 Roma Tomatoes Chopped
  • 6 Garlic Cloves Minced
  • 1 Small Container of Baby Bella Mushrooms Sliced
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Box Fettuccine
  • 2 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste

Heat garlic in olive oil until golden brown, add tomatoes and mushrooms and simmer in a saute pan for 15 minutes. Add some water if you want more of a sauce. Cook & drain pasta. Add the seasoning and pasta into the saute pan, toss together and serve.

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Trio of Colors

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Serve with garlic bread. This bread is delicious and has chunks of roasted garlic baked into it. Melt butter and add garlic powder and cayenne pepper. Use a pastry brush to coat the slices of bread. Heat on 375 degrees for 10 minutes.

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Imagine you are in Italy while you are enjoying your pasta!

Linguine with Basil, Garlic & Tomato Sauce

I just made this and it was delicious. The strong garlic aroma woke the dogs up from their naps. They were disappointed when they didn’t get any.

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Linguine with Basil, Garlic & Tomato Sauce

  • 5 roma tomatoes
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh basil
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh Italian parsley
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 lb. linguine pasta
  • salt and pepper to taste

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Cook pasta and set aside. Mince garlic, basil and Italian parsley. Chop the tomatoes. Heat up the olive oil and add the garlic, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper and herbs. Add the tomatoes and cook for 20 minutes on medium. Add the cooked linguine and cheese and serve.

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Pasta Primavera

Pasta primavera is an easy dish to prepare and there are many variations. Primavera means spring in Italian. This dish makes me think of the famous painting by Sandro Botticelli, La Primavera (The Allegory of Spring) which takes up an entire wall in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. The dish is made with fresh vegetables, pasta and a light sauce. I reserve some of the water from the pasta and use that along with grated Parmesan cheese for the sauce.

Botticelli Primavera from Wikipedia

La Primavera

Pasta Primavera

  • 1/2 Lb. rotini pasta
  • 1 zucchini sliced and cut in fourths
  • 1 yellow squash sliced and cut in fourths
  • 1 carrot chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper chopped
  • 20 cherry tomatoes sliced in half
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 5 fresh basil leaves chopped
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cook pasta al dente and save some of the pasta water (1/4 cup). Prepare all your vegetables and roast in the oven on 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Slice tomatoes in half. Mix the cooked pasta, roasted vegetables, sliced tomatoes, garlic powder, basil, salt and pepper, pasta water and Parmesan cheese in a large bowl and serve. This dish can be served warm or cold.

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This dish is plated on a plate I purchased in Florence, Italy at Rampini Ceramics.  I purchased a set of their dishes in 2002 which was located at Piazza Ognissanti which is the location of the Church of all Saints where Sandro Botticelli the aforementioned artist is buried.

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