“A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority.” Samuel Johnson
Several years ago, we bought a hand-cranked pasta maker from a friend’s garage sale and have used it ever since. I watched several TV shows with famous Italian chefs making pasta, and they all inspired me to cook Italian style. There’s something about creating food from scratch with fresh ingredients that inspires.
Pasta has inspired for years. According to Medieval Pasta History, it is known to have inspired others to use a fork. Since pasta has added a touch of class for centuries, why don’t we make a special sauce to complement its flavor?
First off, I love cheese, pasta, and most any type of sauce you might put on pasta. However, I’m not best at getting store-bought ravioli cooked properly. I guess I’ll need to take a trip to Italy to learn from the best.
In the meantime, here’s a recipe, for pesto sauce my Thai friends love because of the fresh basil leaf flavor we also use in our rice dishes.
Easy Pesto Sauce
1 cup of fresh basil leaves washed and dried
1/4 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup of chopped pecans (much cheaper than pine nuts)
4 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves of garlic peeled
freshly ground pepper
Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Process until well blended.
Enjoy the pesto sauce as a supplement to your favorite pasta and sauce.
This burst of flavor should encourage us all to think about the finer things the Italians have inspired in all of us. What’s your favorite pasta combination?