Monday, September 1, 2008

More Pantry Pickin'

When the Iceman took his appetite to New Hampshire, it occurred to me that I was more free to make do with what I had in the pantry instead of running to the store for more food. I am beginning to love that freedom. I am challenging myself to resist the easy trip, and get creative with what I already have. Let's see how long I last. My CSA farm pickup is on Tuesday, so I'll have some new ingredients to play with. Tonight, however, the MAN brought me a shirt load full of mixed heirloom tomatoes from the garden. Challenge on...
Can't forget the fresh mixed herbs either. While I'm outside I'll grab a few large handfuls of basil, of course, and a nice handful of garlic chives and a half a handful of fresh oregano and take it all inside. My pantry pickins would then include extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, cracked pepper, freshly grated Parmigiano cheese, diced onion, a few cloves of garlic and my favorite capellini pasta. This can be thrown together in a matter of minutes...
Fresh Oven Roasted Tomato Sauce
In an open roast pan toss together:
a dozen mixed tomatoes (leaving skin on), diced
a variety of shredded fresh herbs...LOTS!
a small onion, diced
a few cloves of garlic, minced
Drizzle generously with olive oil
Season with salt and pepper, and maybe some red pepper flakes
Give a final stir and place in a 400 degree oven for 20-25 minutes until the tomatoes break down a bit and the herbs are extremely fragrant. Bring out of the oven and spoon onto any hot pasta. Shovel fresh grated cheese on top and drizzle with just a little more olive oil.
Dig in.Dang, there is nothin' better.You can't get anything this good in a swanky Italian bistro and guaranteed... no leftovers... for Sweet Roe in the Bronx ;)

4 comments:

Clare said...

Goodness! That looks delicious, Sue! So does your refreshment. Home brew?

Susan said...

yuppers... :) I was reaching for some wine but the MAN had other ideas and beat me to it!

Anonymous said...

You really know how to hurt a girl. That looks so good, and the lighting of your pictures make everything look so inviting. Or maybe it just is that way at your house. Beautiful.

kansasrose said...

don't hate me cause I love ya..left ya an award on the wheats blog. how bout a swap of brews? pa vs. ks. i am pressin catawbas.

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