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Jul 2, 2010 01:54 PM

needed: pasta supper inspiration

I'd like to make some sort of pasta supper tonight, but am looking for new ideas. I feel like I generally make spaghetti with meatballs or italian sausage, some sort of roasted red pepper cream/vodka sauce with roasted peppers and turkey italian sausage, or something with eggplant and smoked mozzarella. Anyone have anything that they love and care to share?

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  1. Learn the basic technique for a real carbonara (no cream or onions, just a pork product, its fat, eggs, cheese, salt and pepper). From there you can add summer vegetables of your choice. Right now is a great time for a carbonara-style pasta with peas, corn, mushrooms, etc. Or skip the eggs and much of the cheese and do a simple primavera.

    1. Fire roasted corn, sauteed chopped onions, garlic, crispy bacon dices, tomatoes, a little olive oil, cilantro, and garnish with some mozzarella and/or cotija.

      caramelized onions, sauteed wild mushrooms, walnut pesto, parsley

      2 Replies
      1. re: Emme

        this sounds GREAT! imagining it w/fresh local corn - maybe leftover grilled corn - great idea!


        1. re: gansu girl

          and some lime juice to finish, forgot that!

      2. I make carbonara with some bacon (or any pork product really), a touch of cream, an egg, parmesan cheese, and pesto. The hot pasta cooks the egg, and stirring while it cooks prevents it from scrambling. I sometimes add minced sun dried tomatoes too.

        A simple one my mom does some nights is to just cook some chicken and combine it with a bunch of pesto and garlic with egg noodles. Peas go great in it too.

        1. fresh tomatoes, basil, mozzarella.
          White beans & sage.
          Sardines, capers, pine nuts.
          Any nut, any fresh herb, garlic, asiago/fontina cheese.
          Sun dried tomatoes, olives, lemon zest.

          Good luck!

          1. angel hair with pesto, crab, mushrooms, tomato, lemon
            chickem with a fettucini like sauce, mushroom, even peas