Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Wednesday, April 22nd - Real Earth Day - Spinaci Tagliatelle with Neufchatel and Cherry Tomatoes

Today was the real earth day so of course that means free coffee at Starbucks with mug. I had a bit with breakfast but I knew I was gonna get my Bux with soymilk on the other end so I waited till I got to work :-D Free coffeeeee!

Dinner was simple as heck and no reason not to have a lovely pasta dish rather than typical spagetti in red sauce.

Tagliatelle di Spinaci in Neufchatel and Cherry Tomatoes.

250 g or half a box of Barilla spinach Tagliatelle for two people
1/2 c fresh cheese (looks like cream cheese but it is not) you can find it in the specialty cheese section or at farmer's markets which is where we got it. Now here are some suggested subsitutes for this dish if you don't have it (1/8-1/4 good olive oil, plain organic yogurt, plain greek yogurt or creme fraiche. Please don't listen to the curly haired winged actor in the philly tv commercials. I've tried... blech)
10 cherry tomatoes cut in half
2 green onions sliced in 1/2 inch slices

Cook the pasta in a big pot of salted oiled water for 6 minutes no more because it will cook more in the sauce.
Meanwhile fry the tomatoes and onions in a 2T of olive oil. When the pasta is done use a pasta fork to lift the pasta into the pan. Take about 1/2 of the pasta water as well. Mix in the cheese slowly until it's mixed through out. Add more pasta water as needed. Fresh ground pepper. You don't need parmesan but if you like it go ahead. If you've used yogurt, I would.

We had a lovely carmenere grape red wine 2007. Very bold wine, maybe too strong and heavy for this dish. It wasn't as bad as it could have been if it were a wheat pasta or lighter sauce.

This dish took 10 minutes to put together. Really nice and as D likes to say meets my finicky pasta requirements. 1) interesting pasta 2) clingy sauce 3) vegetable included 4) aromatic included. MMMMMMMM

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