Monday, September 10, 2007

Radiatori to the Rescue

Have you seen these pasta shapes before? They are suppose to look like radiators found in older homes, and I found them adorable. I was browsing through the aisles of the pasta section of the local grocery store, and came across these cute looking pasta. I couldn't resist buying them instead of the regular macaroni pasta for the kids.

Tried this simple recipe from epicurious and it is very good for a fast dinner. If you like garlic, olive oil, sun-dried tomatoes, and pine nuts like me, you'll love this. Served with grilled chicken and a spinach salad.1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
8 oz. Radiatori pasta
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
1/3 cup toasted pine nuts
1/3 cup sliced black olives
minced fresh cilantro(optional)
salt and pepper to taste
freshly grated Parmesan

Place the sun-dried tomatoes in a heatproof bowl, cover with boiling water, and set aside to soften for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, bring a large covered pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente.

While the pasta cooks, in a small pan on low heat or in a microwave-safe bowl, heat the oil and garlic until golden. Set aside. Drain the sun-dried tomatoes, reserving the soaking liquid. Cut the tomatoes into thin strips.

When the pasta is done, drain it and place in a serving bowl. Add the cooked garlic, sun-dried tomato strips, pine nuts, and cilantro. Toss well. Stir in some of the reserved sun-dried tomato soaking liquid to moisten the pasta, if needed. Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot, topped with grated cheese if you like.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.
by the Moosewood Collective
Clarkson Potter

Note: So easy, and so good. I served it with grilled chicken and green salad. I also added some cayanne pepper to the adult bowls for some delicious heat. A simple pasta dinner with lots of flavor.

Entering blogging events have been a myth to me, mainly because I didn't think mine was good enough. Thanks to Nora B. for her advice, I'm sending this as an entry to Ruth's Presto Pasta Night. This is my first entry ever, so I hope I got it right. :)

What's your favorite pasta?


KellytheCulinarian said...

Those are super cute! I bet they hold a lot of sauce. I like bow tie pasta.

Lia said...

after seing ur pasta, hungry attacked me, really i want them now :D

Little Corner of Mine said...

Hmmm...not sure I have seen this pasta, but I never really look you see. However, your bowl of sundried tomato Radiatori looks so yummy as I love sundried tomato too!

Retno Prihadana said...

Cute pasta! My children love pasta, especially with unique forms like muschels, yours look interesting too!

Wandering Chopsticks said...

I like angelhair b/c it's not very heavy. Farfalle is fun to cook with too. Do you make alphabet soup for your girls? :)

daphne said...

Love a good pasta- in fact, tonight's dinner is meatballs and pasta! My favorite pasta? It would have to be Linguine!!! With a mushroom, white wine sauce topped with smoked salmon.. ahhhh...

East Meets West Kitchen said...

Hi Kelly,
Thanks! They do hold a good amount of sauce and I like bow tie pasta with peas, bacon and cream sauce too. :)

Hi Lia,
LOL! Have some, have some! :)

Hey C,
You'll like this dish then! It's full of sun-dried tomatoe flavors. :)

Hi Retno Phrihadana,
Oooo! Muschels are fun!

Hi Wandering Chopsticks,
Angelhair and farfalle are both yummy! And yes, my kiddos love the alphabet soup with buttered toast. :)

Hi Daphne,
Mmmm! I'm coming over! Linguine will surely shine in that combination! :)

Anonymous said...

I don't have a favorite when it comes to pasta. I stick to linguine or spaghetti; and fusili or penne or macaroni. I would like to try the radiatori in bolognese sauce so that the "radiator fins" can interlock all the sauce!

Cris said...

I had never seen this shape before! I like fettuccine, can I say the brand here? Barilla... I like your sun-dried tomato sauce, it looks like a pesto.

Anonymous said...

I love all sorts of pasta but farfalle is my favourite to go with my vegetarian sauce.

I think it's pasta time for me again! Thanks for this.

Anh said...

lovely pasta! And you have whipped up a beautiful dish.

Blur Mommy said...

I've never seen this b4 either but it's cute. My little one likes the mini shell shape :)

East Meets West Kitchen said...

Hi Tigerfish,
I like most pasta too, and the radiatori would definitely help scoop up more sauce! :)

Hi Cris,
I love Barilla fettuccini and pesto sauce too. Yum!

Hi Judy,
Farfalle with vegetarian sauce...MMMM!

Hi Anh,
Thank You!

Hi Blur Mommy,
Oooo! The mini shells are great for mac and cheese! :)

Big Boys Oven said...

Those pasta looks so funny...but looks gorgeous after being cooked!

East Meets West Kitchen said...

Thanks Big Boys Oven!

Nora B. said...

So cute! never seen them before. Maybe you could submit this to this week's Pasta Presto event hosted by Ruth:

East Meets West Kitchen said...

Hi Nora B,
Thank you so much for your advice. I've never submitted any entries before, so I hope I did it right! :)

Ruth Daniels said...

I am so glad Nora nudged you into sharing with Presto Pasta NIghts. It's perfect and now I hope to see more dishes from you.

I love your combination!

East Meets West Kitchen said...

Hi Ruth,
Thank you so much! :D

zlamushka said...

I love radiatori.. I ve never seen them, so cute. I cam across your blog from Presto Pasta Night 29 and I am glad I did. I myslef posted a very simple olive oil garlic jalapeno pasta, which is my utmost favorite. I love simple sauces, so I ll be definitelly making yours soon. Great pic, too :)

East Meets West Kitchen said...

Hi Zlamushka,
Thanks for visiting my blog, and I can't wait to try your jalapeno pasta! :D