Thursday, May 20, 2010

Cooking: Pasta Amatriciana

I noticed that I haven't made pasta lately so guess what? We're having that for dinner tonight. This recipe is super simple and easy to make. Not too many ingrediants either which is always convenient for a weekday meal.

Haha I just looked over and Justyn and he already polished his bowl full of pasta. "GOOD!" was his response. Sometimes I wonder if he's half caveman.

Pasta Amatriciana

2 tsp olive oil
1 slice ham (1/4") cut lardon style
1 medium onion(s), chopped
1 medium garlic clove(s), minced
14 1/2 oz canned diced tomatoes
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, to 1/4 teaspoon
1/2 tsp table salt
1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
1/4 cup(s) water
1/2 pound(s) uncooked whole-wheat pasta, spaghetti variety
1 Tbsp parsley, fresh, chopped

Cook the pasta per directions on the package.

In the meantime, heat oil in pan on medium high heat. Add the ham and cook until slightly browned.

Add onion and cook for a few minutes until softened. Then add the garlic & red pepper flake.

When garlic is fragrant, add tomato & oregano. You might have to add a little water if the sauce reduces too quickly. Simmer the mixture until the pasta is done. Season to taste.

Drain pasta. Add the mixture to the pasta pot and mix in basil.

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