Thursday, February 20, 2014

Sometimes Pasta is the Only Answer: 3 Go-To Recipes

Image Source: Nylon Pinsky
This basically sums up my week. I returned late Sunday from a weekend in Vegas (which included a dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, Bouchon Bistro), and then Monday night I went to a show at City Winery. Both of these places have ways of tricking you into excessive consumption. Does anyone else find it difficult to transition back into a healthy routine after a long weekend of eating and drinking? I'd blame it on the weather, but traveling always throws me off in this way. And sometimes you've just gotta give in. So here are my go-to pasta recipes for days when I just can't force myself to eat steamed vegetables and quinoa: 

1. Ina Garten's Tagliarelle with White Truffle Butter - I first came across this recipe on Big Girls Small Kitchen - so you know it's manageable even for novice cooks. It might seem a little over the top to use an entire container of truffle butter in one dish, but that's kind of the point. I feel like vegetarians are allowed these sorts of luxuries, since we never spend money on overpriced steak dinners. Fair is fair. 

2. I'm considering this one a pasta because it's flour based: Thomas Keller's Herb Gnocchi à la Parisienne - this is actually what I had for dinner at Bouchon on Saturday. I'd never had it at the restaurant prior to that, I had only made it myself for the Joyeux Noel Luncheon I held back in December (which was inspired by a trip to the Bouchon in Napa last summer). So I was thrilled to find it on the menu this weekend and try the real thing. If any of you hosts out there are struggling with what to serve when a vegetarian is coming over for dinner, this is it. Plus it's perfect for dinner parties because the gnocchi need to rest prior to serving, so you can make this up to a day in advance.

3. Not Without Salt's Winter Herb Pasta with Roasted Vegetables - This is a great clean-out-the-fridge recipe for when you're trying to figure out how to make a meal of the sad looking veggies in your crisper drawer. And it's especially handy this time of year when winter produce is starting to seem borrrring. 

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