We weren’t really far enough into the summer for a plethora of vegetables ~ and certainly not yet in my garden!
It was too gloomy and iffy out to grill.
It was too humid for cooking inside.
I am not a really big fan of take-out and I am far too lazy to go out to eat on a Sunday.
I walked away, sat at the computer and start going through emails from the blogs I follow, searching for inspiration.
There it was! My friend over at Nuts About Food, after a recent weekend in the Alps, was inspired to make pasta with ricotta and sun-tomatoes, after stopping at a farm to buy cheeses and butter and salami (sounds like my kinda weekend!).
Her inspiration became my inspiration ~ and I had been dying to make ricotta again. She had used just ricotta and chopped sun-dried tomatoes. I, of course, had to add more and ended up with Gemelli with Fresh Ricotta, SunDried Tomatoes, Toasted Walnuts & Basil. Thank you for the inspiration and making my Sunday delicious!
There really aren’t exact measurements. It’s to your taste.
I made a pound of gemelli – needed to have some left over for lunches this week. Chopped up some sun-dried tomatoes that were in olive oil, probably had almost a cup of them chopped. Toasted chopped walnuts, about 1/2 a cup. Tore some basil, about 1/3 cup packed (that I snipped in my garden). A good cup of ricotta and about 1/4 C of grated Parmigiano.
Cook the pasta and drain – reserving about 1 1/2 cups of the water first. Add in everything else. Add some of the pasta water and stir – remember you can always add more in, you can’t take it out! Some freshly ground pepper and you are ready to go. Oh, wait – I can’t help myself – I drizzled some of the oil from the sun-dried tomatoes over the top.
Now, people in my house like my cooking. I usually get a compliment. Some better than others. This dish got me a WOW! That’s good. From people whose favorite compliments are ‘fine’ WOW is a big deal! (If you listen careful that nashing sound you hear is my teeth. I hate being told my cooking is fine. It bugs me to even type it! Fine? Really?)