Monday, February 4, 2008

Aphrodisiac Pasta

Maybe I'm trying to get lucky with dh, or maybe I just wanted to participate in a blogging event. I'll let you decide. But whatever my motives were, this pasta dish full of aphrodisiacs was a deeeeelicious.

I've entered this dish into the Kitchen of Love blogging event hosted by Mele Cotte. According to her list of aphrodisiacs posted on her blog I incorporated 4 of them: wine, garlic, arugula and pine nuts. With that manyI'm thinking that we may should be extra randy tonight ; - D

This dish was super easy and only took about a half hour. Not too shabby for a weeknight. I do have a lot left over, so looks like it will be going to work with both of us tomorrow. Don't forget to check out the round up on Mele Cotte's blog Feb. 12th!

Aphrodisiac Pasta
1 box rigatoni
5 slices proscuitto chopped
1 medium onion chopped
3 large cloves garlic minced
3 cups fresh arugula coarsly chopped
1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
2 Tbs. butter
2 Tbs. olive oil
1/4 cup white wine
2 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 1/2 cups parmesan cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions, saving 1/2 cup of the pasta water before draining.
Heat a medium sized skilled over medium heat and add proscuitto. Cook a few minutes until some fat has rendered. Add butter and olive oil to pan. When butter has melted add onions and red pepper flakes. Cook until onions are wilted and add garlic. Cook a couple minutes more and add wine. Scrape any bits that may have been left on the bottom of the pan from the proscuitto. Let simmer about 5 minutes over low heat.

Transfer pasta to a big bowl and add parmesan cheese, arugula, proscuitto, pine nuts and onion mixture. Add pasta water and toss. Serve with love.


bakingblonde said...

That pasta looks awesome! Let us know if its effects "work" if you know what I mean, wink wink, ha ha.

Chris said...

Ally, This pasta looks fabulously delicious! Thanks for participating in "Kitchen of Love". Its exciting to have a fellow Atlantan educator in the mix. :)

Jaime said...

looks so light and delicious!

Anonymous said...

Love, love, love the red pepper flakes combined with the other ingredients.

Jade said...

Still laughing at the commentary :) This looks delicious!

T’s Treats said...

extra randy!!! thats what I am talking about!! Great post and pasta. Looks wonderful

Angel said...

Your pasta looks so tender and delicious. Great idea for a romantic meal.

NĂºria said...

I love pine nuts combined with pasta, and yours with the green and red touch looks so appealing, mmmm!