Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Simple Evening in Roma


My mother, sister and I absolutely love rummage sales. Sometimes you hit a bust, but usually you can find quality for an inexpensive price, which is especially important in the kitchen. Rummage sales are a great place to find an inexpensive cookbooks. I recently found a Williams-Sonoma cookbook called Pasta for $1. While some of the recipes are a little out there, most are very painless and fast to make.

Last week for a study session with my friend Will, I whipped up a quick pasta dish called Radiatori with Avocado. This recipe is an easy and effortless upgrade from your standard buttered noodles.

However, warning- you most likely will not find Radiatori at a Kroger (I'm pretty sure I picked up every single box in the pasta aisle). This is not an issue though- you can substitute almost any kind of basic pasta you have in your pantry. For instance, I had some extra Mezzi Rigatoni.

It is simple and takes only about 15 minutes to make (ie. to boil water and cook the pasta). The dressing is acidic- but then the chili gives it a little kick.

If you want to impress your friends in a short time, this is the meal for you.

Pasta with Avocado
Ingredients
  • 2 cups- pasta of choice
  • 1 avocado
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • pinch of ground dried chili
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh flat-leaf (Italian) parsley

Directions
  1. Boil water and cook the pasta until soft
  2. While boiling- cut the avocado in half. Remove the pit, peel the halves and cut them lengthwise into thin slices.
  3. Place slices in a bowl and sprinkle them with lemon juice, chili and salt to taste. Add the olive oil and GENTLY stir.
  4. Drain the pasta and transfer it to a platter.
  5. Pour the avocado mixture over the pasta, then toss together gently.
  6. Sprinkle the tomatoes and parsley over the top.

Bon Appetite!
Chef Maggie

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