Last weekend I stumbled upon a cute little farmers market in my area. One of the vendors was called Pappardelle, who specializes in homemade pasta. They sell pasta in all different flavors; ranging from chive and lemon to sun-dried tomato. We picked up a simple ‘garlic and herb’ linguine, and have been anxious to try it out ever since.
It was hard for me to find a true “recipe” to use this pasta in because the pasta already has so many flavors- garlic, thyme, rosemary- in it. So, I actually did something I rarely do and made my own concoction. I am obsessed with onions and cherry tomatoes, and the Liberty on Less blog inspired me to add feta cheese. Really, how can you ever go wrong by adding cheese?
I heated minced shallot and ginormous, plump cherry tomatoes in a little EVOO on low heat for about 15 minutes, until the cherry tomatoes were just about to burst.
As that was heating, I boiled the pasta and grilled some chicken breasts seasoned with rosemary and crushed black pepper. I then topped the pasta with the warm tomato mixture, grilled chicken, and sprinkled in
some a ton of feta cheese. I actually meant to drizzle some more olive oil on the finished product but forgot to.
I was very pleased with the flavor combination of chicken/tomatoes/feta/shallots, and my improvisation of ingredients. Yay me.
However, I was very unimpressed with the pasta. I’m sorry but $5-$6 for 8.oz of pasta is insane as it is, but this “flavored” pasta was BLAND! I was so really hoping that this pasta would be a farmers market “gem” of mine, but it definitely was not. I certainly would not recommend this pasta, or at least this flavor, to anybody. Bummer.
2 morals to this story:
1. Save your bucks for uber fresh produce at Farmers Markets and stick to good ol’ supermarket pasta.
2. Feta and tomatoes are amazing together,and make any meal better.
Disclaimer: I booked two (yes two!) vacations last night, both in the month of May. Translation: time to get in shape! So, don’t be surprised if the food featured on here gets kicked up a notch on the health scale. (Even though I try to be healthy anyways)
I hope everyone is having a great week and your meals are turning out a bit more satisfying than mine.