Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Dinner for One




I love to cook with fresh tomatoes whenever Jon isn't going to be home for dinner. Jon hates tomatoes and they are one of my favorite things to eat!

Once again I was in the mood to throw my recipes aside and create something new. Today my inspiration came from the miniature fresh mozzarella balls I bought today. They are tiny, like little pearls.

I cooked some pasta. In the meantime, I sauteed 2 cloves of garlic in oil, added a few shakes of red pepper flakes, and then added a splash of white wine (specifically, RH Phillips Toasted Head Chardonnay). I let that simmer for a few minutes and then added a little less than 1/2 of a can of chicken broth (vegetable broth for vegetarians). After a few minutes I added 1 chopped vine-ripened tomato and let that simmer on low. When the pasta was done, I added it to my tomato-broth mixture and threw in 2 handfuls of fresh baby spinach. As the spinach started to slightly wilt, I finished the dish off with a tiny bit of dried parsley and dried basil, some freshly grated pecorino-romano cheese, a tiny bit of salt, and topped it with capers and the mini mozzarella balls.

For such a simple and quick meal, the results were incredible. There were so many different flavors, yet they all blended very well. This dish was a really nice, light, fresh pasta dish for a warm evening!

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2 comments:

Joelen said...

I love those mini mozz balls! Great job!

lasiciliana said...

i've never seen those little balls...I kept staring at the picture and saying "what ARE those things?" haahaa

I'll have to look for those next time I got to a speciality cheese shop.

P.S. I LOVE fresh tomato...d.h. does not so I know how you feel.