Thursday, November 17, 2005

who's Al Dente?

(yes, I'm still cooking)

We ate the leftovers of this dish for lunch today and it was just as good as it was last night. Mr. M had brought home a kind of strange vacuum-packed beef carpaccio as an appetizer and I needed something to have after it so I decided on pasta. The carpaccio was pretty meh, but the pasta was great.

Before I came to Germany, I hadn't had much to do with arugula (also known as rocket, roquette, rugula or rucola, as it's called in Germany) and thought it was only for salads, but I found out that it's also wonderful just slightly cooked, as in this recipe. Nice and spicy and full of vitamins. If you don't have access to arugula, you can substitute endive, Swiss chard or fresh spinach leaves.

Penne with Tomatoes and Arugula - makes 4 to 6 servings (this is very optimistic!)

1 Tbsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
pinch hot red pepper flakes
1 28-oz./796 mL tin plum tomatoes, drained and chopped
(1 1/2 cups/375 mL)
2 bunches arugula, trimmed and chopped
(4 cups/1 L)
3/4 lb (375g) penne
salt and pepper to taste

Heat olive oil in large deep, non-stick skillet. Add garlic and the hot red pepper flakes and cook gently for a few minutes but do not brown.

Add tomatoes to skillet. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and cook for 5 minutes.

Add arugula and cook just until it wilts.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to boil. Add penne and cook until tender but firm (al dente!). Drain well and add to skillet with sauce. Toss gently over low heat until everything is hot and sauce clings to noodles. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

(from More Heart Smart Cooking with Bonnie Stern)


At November 17, 2005 3:14 p.m., Blogger Haddock said...

I always wondered what rocket was called in Germany. I'm going to try and grow some in the garden next year.
The recipe sounds lovely. I'll have to give a go sometime.

At November 17, 2005 6:23 p.m., Blogger Ms Mac said...

I'm copying the recipe into my recipe box directly!

And the lemon bars!

At November 17, 2005 7:53 p.m., Blogger christina said...

haddock - the recipe is so easy. After the water starts boiling you could probably have everything finished in 20 minutes.

ms mac - hope you enjoy them!

At November 18, 2005 10:00 a.m., Blogger Léons Life said...

Yum Yum we love pasta in our house I am going to be trying out this recipe. The rocket will make it delicous !


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