We have this really great formula for recipes we're willing to experiment with at home for dinner and for our food posts. Basically, there's a limit of 8 ingredients max, and for every ingredient past that you have to factor in either a half hour delay of bedtime, an extra anxiety attack or some sort of existential crisis. So you have to save the complicated recipes for the days you're feeling up for it.
Thankfully we have Italian connections over here so we took this superbly delicious, six-ingredient pasta recipe and tweaked it a little so it can serve a nice-sized family (probably leaving leftovers, which reheat really well). There is a little bit of waiting involved but after you make it once the recipe feels really simple to make and memorize. It's very forgiving (hard to mess up and easy to experiment with) and perfect for whenever you need to impress someone. Buon appetito!
dreamy tomato-basil-garlic pasta
8 garlic cloves 8-10 frozen basil "cubes" (1 tsp each)* 1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 cup grated parmesan, plus more for garnish 6 or 7 medium tomatoes (roma or bush) 1 1/2 boxes of whole wheat pasta (About 1.5 lbs total) salt and pepper to taste
*or a couple handfuls of fresh basil, finely chopped
Start by putting the garlic, basil, and olive oil into a food processor (or mince the garlic by hand, add the ingredients to the pan and stir/allow the basil to defrost). Add the garlic mixture to a large pan with the Parmesan and a little salt + pepper. Simmer for a few minutes but don't let it burn. Dice the tomatoes and add to the pan. Allow to simmer for about a half hour, or a little more if you have time. Meanwhile, boil the pasta in salted water for about 10 minutes, until it's al dente. When the pasta's done, pour out the water but leave a little left at the bottom. Add the sauce to the pasta. If you have time, let the sauce simmer with the pasta for five minutes. If not, mix together really well and serve with more Parmesan. It'll probably take like a million years to cool down but we still haven't figured out what to do about that with dinner in general. Maybe serve the pasta in bowls for everyone and then stick it in the freezer for a few minutes... What do you guys do?
What recipes do you guys love to make that feel fancy but don't involve too many ingredients?