If I had to be picky, I’d say the one place Italy disappointed was in the area of food. I know, I know, I must be crazy, right?
To Italy’s credit, I’ve never been a big fan of pasta. Even as a student, I’ve never “lived on” pasta, I much prefer potatoes. I love a good manicotti, but let’s face it, that’s more about the cheese than the pasta.
In Italy, I had pasta exactly twice, more out of a feeling of obligation than real desire. The first dish had tomatoes and roasted aubergine (which used to be “eggplant” until I moved to Denmark and decided I prefer its European name), but it didn’t even begin to appease until I’d buried it in freshly grated cheese. The second was a delicate spinach and ricotta filled ravioli with pesto and pine nuts, which was much better :)
I ate enough caprese panini and pizza margherita to last several lifetimes. It got so boring that I actually ate Indian three times… Indian, in Rome!!! Crazy!
But as a pasta averse vegetarian, my options were somewhat limited. Authentic Italian food isn’t like the Italian American food I grew up on, there was a lot of ham and guts. Yes, guts… like tripe, brains, intestines, and oxtail.
I’m feeling like maybe I haven’t given pasta a fair chance, so I’m going to give it another try and see if I can’t make friends. Of course, given my potato habit and the abundance of potatoes in Denmark, I’m not sure I need to make friends with another white food. But in most Danish restaurants, vegetarian = pasta so it wouldn’t hurt to learn to enjoy it now and then instead of just sulking and picking out the good stuff.
Tonight’s foray into pasta involved sundried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, and artichokes in a creamy sauce finished with white wine.
Creamy Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Roasted Peppers & Artichokes
3 garlic cloves, pressed
1/2 cup chopped onions
1 cup chopped sundried tomatoes
7 0z. chopped roasted red peppers
1 jar water packed artichoke hearts, sliced
1/2 cup grated parmesan
1 cup creme fraiche
chopped fresh basil leaves
It wasn’t quite love for me, but it was quite good, and if you like pasta, I think this could be your dish!
I am so happy I came across this little gem of a recipe. This is exactly what I was looking for. I am entertaining tomorrow evening and will be serving this. Thanks for sharing.
I’m going to Denmark on the 5th of December and it’s amazing what I’ve read here :) It’s almost like I was reading something written by myself :)
Life history – almost the same
Reasons to move abroad – almost the same
What I want from life – almost the same
Even the pleasure in cooking – exactly the same :)
It’s going to be hard I know :), but it will be an awesome life experience.
Good luck for everything and take care.
hej hej kys :)
I made this immediately for lunch and it was soooo goooood!
This looks delish to me!
Farmgirl Susan says
YUM! This is definitely my kind of pasta dish. Bookmarking now – only because today’s meals are already planned. ;)