Sometimes you just want a home cooked meal without all the fuss of going to a restaurant. Last night we wanted exactly that and so set out to prepare a simple but, I have to say, delicious dinner made with local ingredients and fresh pasta.
The table in our Air&b is large enough to seat six comfortably and is a deep pine green color. Planning a dinner the other night I selected a lighter green china rimmed with flowers and vines to compliment the table. Next up was a matching salad/dessert plate with with some smaller vines surrounding the rim. I wanted to bring the level up a bit and so selected some green on white striped napkins with an embroidered edge to rest between the dessert plate and the salad bowl.
Green glasses accompanied the china serving as wine glasses.
The bowls were a pretty blue with a green border around the rim. A geometric pattern was displayed on the inside and outside of the bowl that contrasted nicely with the china plates. Flatware was a bit mismatched but added a touch of whimsy to the setting. We were serving three this evening.
A super fresh salad with green leaf lettuce, fresh tomatoes and yellow pepper accompanied the pasta. It was very colorful and added some brightness to the table that would be mirrored by the pasta dish.
The pasta was a handmade spinach and ricotta tortalloni that we bought at a little shop at the end of the day. The lady was lovely and spoke only Italian so we got to practice our Italian on her.
The sauce was very simple: Cherry tomatoes were cooked whole in hot olive oil until they burst. Yellow pepper was added in bite sized pieces along with one diced onion and sautéed in hot olive oil. Whole Cherry tomatoes were added to the sauce and cooked until they burst. The chef, a good friend, stepped back from the stove while the tomatoes burst then smashed them gently with a fork. The sauce was allowed to simmer until the vegetables were tender and the tomatoes had begun to break down. Add a little salt and pepper, simmer another 3-4 minutes. Meanwhile cook the pasta in boiling, salted water until the pasta rises to the top. Add the pasta to the sauce and stir until the pasta is covered. Serve immediately. You can add fresh basil or oregano to the dish in the last moments of cooking.
You end up with a very colorful meal from the pasta to the salad. It was also very tasty and looked beautiful and was very filling. Our first home cooked meal in Venice with limited ingredients was a rousing success. Try this at home. It only takes as much time as you need to boil the water and cook the pasta.
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Looks delicious. A home cooked meal is refreshing after numerous restaurant meals. Not to mention the expense!I really miss several pastas since my SO became gluten intolerant and I admit I am too lazy to cook 2 pastas esp as he can’t eat it–tortellini and lasagna noodles are the ones I miss the most. Haven’t looked very far–yet for GF versions.
I was surprised to find so many gluten free options in Italy. You can buy them easily in the grocery store. We have a lot of fun shopping here because many times a store is dedicated to one thing…meat, cheese, bread, etc. The markets are great because you have everything in one place. Wish I could bring some pasta back for you. Thanks for sharing.
Looks delicious! I hope that Ron and you will teach more cooking classes at OLLI!
Thanks, Beverly. We loved our teaching the cooking classes. We’ll see what comes up in the next few months. Thanks for stopping by and sharing.
I love how you’re setting tables even while on this adventure in Italy. Does the Airbnb have all this dishware? And the meal looked terrific. Ciao!
Thanks, Rita. Yes, the Airbnb had all the dishes. We’re in another one now where I’ll be sharing another cooking experience. It’s nice that they provide such pretty plates. We’re enjoying them and the food. Thanks for stopping by.
Oh my, sounds like you had a great dinner. It sounds fantastic.
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It’s always fun to cook and especially with such fresh ingredients. We are having such a great time. Thanks for visiting.
Just pinned your feature to our Features Board, for Full Plate Thursday. Thanks so much for sharing with us and come back to see us!
Thanks Liz Helen. Love your Blog and post when I have something food related. Thanks for visiting and for the feature.