Friday, May 30, 2014

Pasta with Pancetta, Potatoes and Arugula

I read a couple of recipes that inspired this meal. The one I followed was Pasta e patate alla Napoletana from Mario's Italian Kitchen. I used everything but the celery. Not sure why I did not use the celery. This was well received. Chris really enjoyed the dinner. I liked it too, but I was glad that we have leftovers. Yes, they will appear next week as a Pasta Pie. Another thing I liked about this meal was that it used up a lot of little things I had in the fridge. Again striving for no waste.

My rendition of Pasta e patate alla Napoletana from Mario's Italian Kitchen.

2 tablespoons olive oil
70gr pancetta, chopped small
300gr potatoes, diced small
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, not drained
1/2 cup diced cherry tomatoes, chopped
1 cup baby arugula
1 pound fettuccine
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Place olive oil in a large saucepan, and turn heat to medium. Add onion and Pancetta to the oil and cook, stirring occasionally, until it becomes slightly crisp, about 10 minutes. Add potatoes, and crushed red pepper and raise the heat to medium-high. Cook, stirring occasionally, until potatoes begin to brown all over, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Add tomatoes and their juice, the cherry tomatoes along with 2 cups of the simmering water, and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to medium-low, and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally. Stir well and continue to simmer on a gentle heat.
Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and add the pasta. A minute before removing the pasta, add the arugula and let it wilt.
Drain the cooked pasta and arugula and mix with the sauce.

After I drained the pasta I put it in the pasta bowl with a little butter and cheese. I could have stopped right there.
 But I added the sauce. It was the right thing to do.

And a note about lunch.
Worked from home today, so I heated up the leftover 
spaghetti squash and topped it with a poached egg. 

1 comment:

Catherine said...

Dear Lucia, Sounds good and I look forward to the spaghetti pie next week!
Have a beautiful weekend. Blessings dear. Catherine xo