Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Tagliatelle with Rosemary and Lemon

This is a light, refreshing French dish that has become one of my favorite pasta dinners from The Provence Cookbook. I'm usually not a fan of French fare and most French recipes that I run across seem quite intimidating, but this one is very simple and healthy.

There's a new French fad diet that says French women (most of them) don’t get fat because of the way they cherish food, life and movement (although my theory is the restaurants in France has vomitoriums out back), and if the women are sticking to flavorful dishes like this then the theory may have some truth behind.

  • 3 tbsp coarse sea salt
  • 1 pound tagliatelle (this is very similar to fettucine, so you can make this substitution since this pasta is hard to find)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cups fresh rosemary leaves, finely minced
  • 2 cups grated Parmesan-Reggiano cheese

In the pasta pot, bring about 5 quarts of water to a rolling boil over high heat. Add the coarse sea salt and the pasta, stirring to prevent the pasta from sticking. Cook until tender but firm to the bite, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the pasta pot from the heat. Remove the colander and drain over a sink, shaking to remove excess water, but retain 1 cup of the pasta cooking water.

In the skillet, heat the oil and lemon juice just until warm. Add the drained pasta and the pasta cooking water, tablespoon by tablespoon, until the pasta absorbs the liquid. Add the rosemary and toss. Add half of the cheese and toss once more. Cover and let rest for 1 to 2 minutes to allow the pasta to thoroughly absorb the sauce. Taste for seasoning. Transfer to individual warmed shallow soup bowls. Serve immediately, passing the remaining cheese at the table.


The Hokanson Family said...

MMMmmmmmm! I can't wait to try this one! Loved your theory on the restaurants.

Shellie said...

I created a blog. If you read it you'll get an Iphone in 72hrs.

aja said...

I laughed out loud at the vomitorium quip. I tried the Tanya Tucker corn bread recipe from the Musical Feast cookbook. It wasn't bad, but I like the recipe on the back of the Quaker cornmeal cannister better.

Shellie said...

you make me angry for not moving here. so there.

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