Food for the snowstorm

4 Feb

During the brief storm this past weekend (not be confused with the huge storm expected this coming weekend), I made a delicious Jamie Oliver recipe! We had friends over on Sunday night, and I wanted to make a simple recipe, that wouldn’t stress me out, but was still warm and comforting for a snowy weekend. Btw, do we not live in DC – a place that should get less snow than NYC?!

Anyway, I had made the recipe a few times before and knew MJD always enjoyed it. I mean what could go wrong with pasta, and baked cheese!?! Of course, I forgot to take a picture, but I found the recipe on Gotta Little Space:

Pasta With Sweet Tomato Sauce & Baked Ricotta

1 lb piece of ricotta cheese
olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 a dried chili, crumbled
1 onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, finely diced
1 tbsp butter
2 14oz cans whole plum tomatoes
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp sugar
1 lb pappardelle or other wide ribbon pasta
handful fresh basil, torn by hand
2 handfuls grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 400. Rub ricotta with olive oil, sea salt, pepper, oregano and dried chili. Place on a baking sheet and cook in the oven for 20 minutes until golden and firm.

In a skillet, fry the onion and garlic in butter and a bit of olive oil. Cook for 4 minutes until sweet and softened. Add tomatoes, simmer gently for about 15 minutes, then break up tomatoes with spoon. Add balsamic vinegar and sugar and stir till it becomes a fine tomato sauce.

Cook pappardelle in salted boiling water according to package instructions. Drain and reserve some of the cooking water. Toss pasta with sauce and add a little pasta water to thin if necessary. Correct seasoning to taste, and working quickly, add most of the basil and Parmesan cheese. Place into warmed bowl, sprinkle remaining basil over and a bit more Parmesan. Crumble the baked ricotta over or serve at the table and let everyone crumble their own.

Next time I promise to take a picture. You should try it this weekend!!


One Response to “Food for the snowstorm”

  1. klegeyt February 4, 2010 at 6:43 pm #

    This sounds delish! I’ll be braving the storm solo this wknd (assuming CJ gets on a new flight, since his was already cancelled for tomorrow) so it might be a bit too much food. But I’ll keep it in mind for future use!

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