Monday, 17 November 2014

Pasta with Seven Ps

One of the first recipes I was given by an Italian friend was called Pasta con sette P, which means Pasta with seven Ps.
All the ingredients in the pasta sauce begin with the letter P , in Italian.
Pasta, penne - which means feathers
Pomodoro - tomato
Porri - leeks
Peperoncino- hot chilli pepper
Panna - cream
Pinoli - pine nuts
Parmigiano - Parmesan cheese

As often happens when asking an Italian friend for quantities of ingredients they shrug their shoulders and turn their hands palm up and say 'ad occhio.' For more details look at one of my earlier posts.
This recipe is really delicious and here are my quantities for four.

1 leek, washed and thinly sliced
10 cherry tomatoes, washed and sliced
2 cups of passata
1 small packet of toasted pine nuts
1 cup of cream
1 tsp chilli powder
Grated Parmesan cheese
260g penne

Gently cook the sliced leek in a small amount of butter and olive oil until soft. About ten minutes.
Sprinkle in the chilli to taste and stir.
Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for another few minutes then add the passata and simmer gently for about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet.
Stir in the cream and grated Parmesan and turn off the heat.
Drain the pasta and mix in the sauce.
Sprinkle over the pine nuts and serve with more Parmesan cheese if liked.

This pasta dish goes well with a green salad and a glass of Rose wine.
Finish the meal with pears and cheese and walnuts.

Buon appetite and special memories of the friend who gave me the recipe many years ago.


Seven ingredients beginning with the letter P

Just the thing for a windy night

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