Monday, April 23, 2012

the basic black dress of pasta salads

My friend Juni once told me she always brings a main dish to a potluck, because there are never enough. At the time, I didn't yet have children, and I couldn't see what would be so bad about having an all-dessert potluck, if that's all people brought. Now, I get it, and I always bring something we can have for our meal whenever we attend a potluck. In those circumstances, Abbott always asks me what I made, and only puts that on his plate, plus a dessert.

Marcella Rosene calls this the "basic black dress" of pasta salads; it really is. I make it all the time; it goes well with just about everything. It comes from a cookbook our friend Katie gave us as a wedding gift.

The House Pasta
adapted from Pasta & Co by Request by Marcella Rosene

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup cream
1 tablespoon dried basil and 1 tablespoon dried oregano OR dried or fresh herbs of your choice and to your taste
1/2 teaspoon Tabasco
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cloves garlic, put through a garlic press
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 pound dried pasta of your choice (if you're using fresh pasta, use up to 2 pounds)
1 cup freshly grated Romano cheese

In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, cream, herbs, Tabasco, salt, and garlic. Whisk in the lemon juice.

Cook the pasta in boiling salted water until tender. Rinse immediately under cold water and drain thoroughly.

Add the pasta to the olive oil mixture and toss until well coated. Add the Romano, and toss again. Top with freshly ground black pepper to taste.

This will keep well, refrigerated, for at least two days.

Yield: 8 to 9 cups


Erica said...

Yum! I'll definitely be giving this a try, thanks for sharing Lecia!

Lecia said...

Let me know what you think!

jenny said...

I could have used your advice on Saturday! We went to a potluck, in which the meals were divided up by last name. We ended up having a ton of salads and had to make a last minute store run for hot dogs because there was not enough food. I will always remember to bring a main dish now! I'll add this recipe to my file :)

Amrita said...

I was leafing through that book a couple of months back and almost bought it. Almost. Because then I chose an Anthony Bourdain number over it.

Someone should really write a book on "little black dress" food, and then fill it with recipes like this one. Followed by a classic cookie, soup, chocolate cake, lasagna, salad and so on. :-D

Brand new to your blog...and can't believe I never checked it out before.

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