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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Best Pasta Ever

 I made a pasta dish this week that I've been thinking about ever since, it was so delicious.
I was inspired by these diced San Marzano tomatoes from Italy that were preserved with a big basil leaf.  I'm not always able to find these tomatoes but the Costco gods smiled on us last week and there they were... I'm kind of wishing I'd bought more so I could have hoarded them.
I wanted to put together a pasta dish that combined the richness of cashew cream with a savoury, red-wine tinged tomato sauce.
Three of the main ingredients can be seen above: the San Marzano tomatoes, some dried parsley and the homemade cashew cream (recipe I used for this dish here).

I also wanted to serve the pasta with a little something on the side, another vegetable yes, but something crunchy and salty: kale crisps!
 Kale crisps are so easy to make, but the key is the kale has to be super dry.  If you need to wash your kale be sure to do it the day before, you don't want any water droplets hanging on to the leaves, and in all of those curly crevices.
I place my kale on a parchment covered baking sheet before dusting it all over with nutritional yeast, some salt, and then finally drizzling it with olive oil.  Bake at 325 for about 20 minutes, oven depending.

The sauce I made was really simple, I sautéed one shallot in olive oil for a few minutes before adding a tablespoon of dried parsley and a bit of salt.  I gave those ingredients a quick stir together before adding the tomatoes and about half a cup of dry red wine.  Simmer for 20 minutes, while your kale crisps are in the oven.  Meanwhile get your pasta water boiling and cook up your favourite shape!
 Plate your pasta with a good dollop of sauce and some kale crisps perched on the side.
 Then add the piece de resistance: a generous drizzle of cashew cream.
Best Pasta Ever
I'm definitely cooking this tonight for dinner.
It's Saturday too, what could be better?  I hope yours is happy and fun.
xoxDani

10 comments:

  1. I am a pasta nut. I have to try this recipe! I wonder if my Costco has the tomatoes.

    Today is errands in the morning. A trip by the tailor, the cartridge store to recycle some printer cartridges, and the gas station to fill up for the next 2 weeks. The highlight will be the bank drive through. I take the little dog who not only gets a car ride, but also receives a biscuit from the teller. It's the best thing ever in his opinion!

    Enjoy your Saturday, Dani.

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    1. SD what a charming bank drive-through you have, that's so cute! Try your Costco, these San Marzano tomatoes are so delicious, and diced tomatoes are always a major bonus for me, one more step I can skip when I'm cooking :). I hope you have a really lovely weekend SD xx

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  2. Hey Dani, just wondering if you notice that with going more veggie how you and your family are doing with the histamine factor? i am in a pickle bc i am naturally a vegetarian - but i then tend to go crazy with nightshades or go lots of histamine flavour bases which causes so many other issues like consistent inflammation and irritations and flares etc. i foudn out i had histamine intolerance in mayr clinic - it gets complicated and boring but just wondering how you are finding that aspect?

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    1. Naomi it's interesting you mention this because I was just reading something about histamine intolerance. I have concern for my hubs because he has anaphylactic reactions to seafood, very severe and dangerous, and he is also allergic to eggplant, avocado and soy of any kind. Tomatoes he seems to tolerate no problem, and I would say that since adopting a vegan diet we've definitely been healthier overall with less "weird" symptoms. Meat was making my hubs very sick, and dairy was making me very ill, and I am strictly no dairy now but if my hubs has some cheese or ice cream he will snore and be extremely stuffed up, clearly a reaction.
      On a histamine restricted diet meat, poultry, fish, milk and dairy products seem to be the biggest no-no's (fermented), and the fruits on this diet are ones we don't really consume. Actually a strange thing is since going vegan we eat much less fruit, maybe a little frozen mango or dark cherries in our protein smoothies but that's it. Citrus is a no on the histamine restricted diet, as well as food additives, which we're not consuming because I am doing all of the cooking.
      I think you could go more veggie if you don't consume soy, watch the preservatives, avoid eggplant and possibly avocado, and maybe watch your tomato consumption. Beans and nuts have to be consumed on a vegan/veg diet though or you will starve! It's interesting, lots of people have a histamine thing too but don't realize it, oh and red wine is a big offender, I know people who take an antihistamine every time they drink red wine.
      Anyway, long story short I would say overall we are having far less allergic type reactions or symptoms. And you're right it is complicated! We all react differently and then to throw a further wrench in it women react differently depending on where they are in their cycle... geesh it seems nearly impossible to figure it out! xx

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    2. tomatoes are my favourite and of course they are choc full!!!! i love a nightshade. interesting bc at mayr they dont do fruit - in fact there is none. having said that i have done fruit only fasts and they work well and i felt great energy but then we all have different fructose factors but they said fruit rarely naturally rises so the fructose is not natural fructose. but it isn't easy to eat naturally ripened fruit that has fallen off the tree!!!! may main thing is to control histamine bc to be honest i can't deal with beans and nuts. it is really tough. and lately i am eating like a marathon runner even though i am sitting on my ass. but good to know you are tweaking and figuring out and going by your own way of being aware which is the most important thing!! xx

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    3. Naomi eating like a marathon runner is my favourite. Bring on the carbs, pasta etc and tonight I'm cooking grits, so good.
      So funny about the fruit and kind of confirms what I've suspected. I think it's good to avoid generally because of the blood sugar spike. Creating a sugar craving, not good.
      If you don't deal well with beans and nuts going veg will be very difficult. I wonder if non-gmo organic soy is lower in histamine ? So much to wade through hey. xx

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  3. I love San Marzano tomatoes for pasta dishes...they have SO MUCH flavour!
    You save your Bon Maman jars like I do...so many uses for them.
    When I make a simple pasta dinnerI like to add anchovies and capers with a shredding of parmigiana cheese on top...easy peasy... a glass of red wine and a slice of bread...heaven!

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    1. Hostess I know they're so good, what a difference! Those Bon Maman jars are super charming, I love them too. Thanks for your easy pasta recipe, that sounds delicious. We still occasionally have anchovies so I'm going to try that. Thanks Leslie xx

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  4. Delicious pasta, and the kale looks just right with it. My Saturday night was easy - our son was here and made us a beautiful lasagne, on a cold and rainy day. Everything tastes good if you don't have to cook it!

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    1. Patricia, and isn't that the truth! So lovely to have someone else do the cooking. My rascals will cook for a night when they're home and it's so nice. Your son is lovely for tucking in and creating a lasagna! xx

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