Friday, July 25, 2008


I got this recipe from the gambero rosso TV channel last week and today I decided to try it out for lunch. It was a success!

You need:
about 20 cherry tomatoes
some pistacchi and pumpkin seeds
a small dried chilli pepper
2 unpeeled garlic cloves
olive oil
basil and mint leaves
250 gr egg tagliatelle

Here's what you do:
Slice the cherry tomatoes as best you can.
Heat a scant tablespoon of olive oil in a pan deep enough to eventually take the pasta, too.
Add the tomatoes to the pan with the crushed chilli pepper [I used my beloved chilli spray instead] garlic and a good handful of basil and mint leaves.
Stir it all around and let it cook slowly.
When the aroma is absolutely heavenly, the tomatoes have softened and the garlic has more or less melted into them [10 minutes or so] turn off the heat.
Now cook the pasta according to the instructions on the pack.
Meanwhile, pound some pistacchio nuts and pumpkin seeds in a mortar. [I didn't have any of the latter and dislike them anyway, so used just pistacchi.] You can grind them in a processor instead but be careful not to overdo it.
Spread the base of a serving dish with some of the ground mixture and more basil and mint leaves.
Drain the pasta, put the pan with the tomatoes in back on the heat and add the pasta to it. Turn it all over a few times and when you think everything is warm again, spoon the lot into the serving dish. Decorate with the rest of the pistacchi mixture and more basil and mint leaves.

Buon pranzo!


CherryPie said...

It looks delicious, I might give that a try :-)

Dragonstar said...

Sounds lovely. Your chilli spray interests me, too.

James Higham said...

for readers who might be wondering - scant tablespoons are those without any clothing but we have plenty of the clad variety as ell.

Richard Havers said...

Looks lovely, I've cut and pasted it....

Julie said...

Mmm.. I'm going to make that, too. :-)

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Yummy yummy yummy...another great pasta dish....couldn;t live without pasta...I actually have some chilli spray...!

CherryPie said...

James, I don't think clad tablespoons are very practical for cooking purposes!

Indigo-Daisy said...

Thanks for the recipe! Looks scrumptious!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Do try it, cherrypie. Dragonstar, I find the chilli spray so convenient and it makes it easy to control the amount of the stuff you add. Thanks for the definition, James! Glsd to hear it, RH... Hi, Julie. It works well. Do let me know how you find it. Thanks, anne. I couldn't live without pasta, either! Quite right, cherrypie! Many thanks, indigo-daisy.

Anonymous said...

Oh yum Im writing this one down...sounds delish

Maria said...

I swear I smelled the basil and mint leaves! Ok.. maybe your pictures are getting the better of me. I can't be hungry I just had breakfast! lol

Basil and mint I would have never thought to mix the two!


jams o donnell said...

Brilliant, looks like a vegan like the not-wife can enjoy!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Abbey, do try it. Thanks, M and jams. It really is worth a try!

BenefitScroungingScum said...

Yum! That looks delicious, BG x


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