Do I really need a reason to celebrate the glory of a bowl

☆World Pasta Day☆

Do I really need a reason to celebrate the glory of a bowl of pasta? Some of you will no doubt know that I love my pasta suppers, once, sometimes twice weekly occasions. More often than not, a reflection of the season too. Winter pastas tend to rely heavily on canned tomatoes, along with a few basic staples: pancetta, anchovies, olives, capers, jarred peppers, I’m almost never without. Cavolo nero cooked and blitzed with anchovies and garlic makes an excellent sauce suitable for cold dark nights. Spring and summer time bring lighter, often verdently green offerings, asparagus and courgettes make truly wonderful variations of a meatless carbonara. Broad beans and peas pair well with cured pork or seafood. The majesty of an aubergine shines best with tomatoes, basil, mint and salty cheese, that’s Norma for you. Autumn brings an abundance of produce, mushrooms, cauliflower and squash. A Sicilian dish with cauliflower, saffron, raisins and pinenuts is a sublime combination. As the nights draw in I’m drawn to heartier ragus, what you see here. Duck leg ragu with mezzi rigatoni. A good dish for colder days. Duck legs, roasted and shredded join a tomato based sauce spiked with cinnamon and star anise, a gentle background flavour that doesn’t overpower. The slowly fried soffrito, onions, carrot and celery lays down a deeply savoury base, augmented by vermouth, enhanced by fragrant spice. Rich and rewarding, perfect for an autumnal day. Not an everyday pasta, but one worth celebrating.
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23 thoughts on “Do I really need a reason to celebrate the glory of a bowl

  1. You always make pasta look so inviting! It’s so hard to photograph but I always want to eat your pasta dishes! X

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