Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Mangiamo pasta!

Since we have a very limited number of those precariously poised USDs and still have about 57 trips we'd like to take in the next year or so, we are doing our best to cut back on our eating expenses. Food is like gold in Switzerland. So yes: pasta pasta pasta! Mamma! 

Here are a few simple recipes we've gathered from friends here and there, which I think you will enjoy, even if you are not on a strict budget.

Pesto Tradizionale
Serves 4

100-150 grams basil
50-75 grams extra-virgin olive oil
30-50 grams pecorino cheese
50 grams pine nuts
1 clove of garlic

Grind everything together with a mortar or food processor.
(Be sure to add the oil before grinding so that basil does not turn black.)

For each person, cook:
120 grams of pasta (trenette, linguine or trofie)
a small potato, diced (approximately 30-50 grams)
a dozen of green beans, in pieces

Put potatoes and beans in the water before it boils, then add the pasta when it boils. Cook and drain pasta.
Add pesto and serve.

Pesto Trapanese
Serves 4

100 grams peeled almonds
20 baby tomatoes
1 clove of garlic
50 grams olive oil
30 grams parmigiano cheese

Grind everything together in the food processor.
Cook 120 grams of fusilli, or mezze penne, or casarecce per person.
Add pesto and serve.

Alfredo Sauce

1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons butter
2/3 cup grated parmigiano

Cook 2/3 of the cream with all the butter briefly to thicken. Toss with cooked pasta to coat. Add the remaining cream, the grated cheese, and the seasonings. Toss and serve with additional cheese.

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