Monday, November 1, 2010

you're hot then you're cold

I know you are supposed to enjoy your food, chew it even. But more often than not these days I find myself wolfing down whatever is on my plate. See I live with a ticking time bomb known as baby omnivore. At any moment I am going to have to get up and soothe a crying baby, change a diaper, wipe up vomit, you name it. Something could go wrong at any second...and often does...right as I sit down to eat. And while baby always eats whenever he wants to, I often have to leave my steaming plate for a period of time only to return to it cold. Luckily for me, this pasta dish is good either way.

Simply start with boiled pasta of your choosing. This day we had rotini in the pantry, but bowtie or campanella would be nice too. Once drained, toss with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, a pinch of kosher salt, and a dash of freshly ground pepper. Then add to one bowl of the pasta a tablespoon of sundried tomato pesto and several chopped fresh basil leaves. Finally, top the dish with a dusting of shredded parmesan cheese. Even a busy mom could whip that up in no time.

And whether you are able to scarf down a few bites while the pasta is still warm or you come back to it later when it is cooler than room temperature, this pasta dish is packed with flavor. It would also be ideal for the carnivore to take for lunch...if only it had some meat in it somewhere...maybe some sliced salami would work for him. In the meantime, I will enjoy it while I can!

What your favorite hot then cold dish? Let me know below.

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