"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well."~Virginia Woolf
Do you think Virginia Woolf would be a vegetarian, or even a vegan, if she lived in the present day? I think maybe she would be.
Even if you're not vegetarian, the dish below is quick and easy to make. I think it would've pleased discerning Virginia Woolf.
~ Pasta with Sun-dried Tomatoes ~
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It's been ages since I last cooked with sun-dried tomatoes! I used to buy them quite often. When my friend, Diane, mentioned them to me recently, I recalled their intense flavor, and decided to make them the focus in a vegetarian pasta dish. Diane combined sun-dried tomatoes with cappellini, or angel hair pasta, which sounded very good to me. Since I didn't have much cappellini on hand, I decided to use vegetable radiatore from Trader Joe's, as I had a full package. Created in the 1960s by an industrial designer, radiatori are little pasta shapes that resemble radiators. (They do remind me of the hissing radiators from my childhood, whose sounds at night were oddly reassuring.)
For two ample servings you will need:
8 ounces of pasta, such as cappellini or radiatore
1 - 2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 cloves of fresh garlic, minced
1 ounce sun-dried tomatoes
4 or 5 white mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup of water (or red wine)
Oregano or basil to taste
Parmesan cheese for topping
Directions: In a small pan, cook two cloves of minced garlic in about a tablespoon and a half of olive oil for a couple of minutes, then add the sliced mushrooms, an ounce or so of sun-dried tomatoes (which need to soak beforehand in warm water for 15 minutes), about 1/4 cup of water (or red wine), and generous sprinkles of oregano. Of course, you could also use basil instead of or in addition to the oregano, and add pepper, too, if desired. (I have a lot of organic oregano right now from my garden so I used that.) Cook for about 25 minutes over a low flame on the stovetop, stirring occasionally. While this mixture is cooking, cook the pasta according to directions on package, for about 10 minutes, then drain in a colander. I used about 2/3 of a 12 ounce package of pasta to make two generous servings. This recipe can be easily adjusted to make more servings.
Toss the pasta with the sun-dried tomato mixture, and top with shredded and/or grated Parmesan cheese (unless you are vegan). A fresh garden salad goes well with this dish.
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(Portrait of Virginia Woolf by Roger Fry, c. 1917, courtesy of Wikipedia.)