Something to whip up on rainy days (and on sunny ones, too): a simple (simple as in: what’s in the fridge and done in 15 minutes?) bowl of pasta with vegetables in a cream and white wine sauce, since, as has been recently pointed out to me again, the philosophy of my cooking amounts to “most things will improve with a little cream and liquor”.
Sunny Pasta Bowl (for two)
- 2 medium-sized carrots, in slices
- 1/2 yellow bell pepper, roughly chopped
- a dozen cherry tomatoes, halved (depending on the size)
- 1 small sprig of lemon thyme
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- 1/2 tsp. concentrated tomato essence
- 1 small glass of white wine
- 50ml heavy cream
- a bit of pasta cooking water, preserved
- salt and pepper
- 180g pasta (preferably whole wheat)
- Set the pasta to boil.
- In a pan large enough to fit the pasta and the sauce, heat up the spoonful of olive oil.
- Toss in first the carrot slice and the bell pepper pieces, grill/sauté them until slightly toasted and slightly smooth, but still with some crunch (you could add a clove of garlic. I went to the opera afterwards, so I skipped it – garlic is not how to make yourself popular in the standing room zone).
- Add some salt and pepper (you could add some chili, too) and the single leaves of lemon thyme. If you don’t have lemon thyme: experiment with something else and add a squirt of lemon juice.
- Add the halved tomatoes, sauté for a minute longer until their corners get slightly mushy.
- Add the white wine, lower the heat to a simmer. Still a few spoonfuls of water from the pasta pot. Add a dollop of tomato essence and the cream, allow to blend for another few minutes until thickened (there will not be that much sauce, and that is the way it is supposed to be).
- Toss in the drained pasta when done, stir well, and serve.
- It is really is this embarrassingly plain, but I enjoy the simple, tangy flavors in this. It allows for a lot of playing around, though, and is always a good way to fit a sizeable portion of vegetables into one’s creamy comfort pasta. Because cream… well, you know.