Valentine’s Day Pasta in Under an Hour
Have you ever wondered how Full Circle’s Good Food Combinations get dreamed up? Is it just some wild idea (usually), is there a process (we try), are the recipes tested (absolutely!)?
For our February Good Food Combination I thought it would be fun to showcase La Pasta’s delicious, bright magenta fettuccine. The color comes from our farm’s own crimson beets and even though it fades a bit after cooking, you still end up with pretty, pink pasta, a fitting base for an entrée as we approached Valentine’s Day. With this February 14th falling on a Tuesday, I also wanted a special dish that could realistically be made in less than an hour. With these parameters I began pouring over recipes and soliciting input from my many foodie colleagues.
I felt certain lamb and rosemary sausage would be a fantastic complement to the pasta’s subtle earthiness, while someone else suggested that it cried out for goat cheese – no argument there. In the end I decided both vegetarian and meat options were needed. And after consulting with our recipe-writer extraordinaire, Gabriel, we agreed on two different plans to test.
Feeling a bit frazzled as I blew through the door later than expected, I powered through my plan with determination and gusto promising my hungry family dinner would be ready in an hour. In the interest of fair testing, I refused their offers of assistance to speed things up, hoping I hadn’t just told a big, whopping lie.
Whizzing around the kitchen I prepped and chopped, measured, took notes and to save time threw the sausage, leeks and shallots all in the pan at the same time – not an ideal method, but it worked just fine. Some garlic, a little rosemary, a healthy glug of white wine— in the pan, mine would have to wait—and some chicken stock were all added. Voila: we had sauce.
It was 7:40, everything was simmering along nicely and the three minutes the pasta needed to boil was just enough time to dress washed greens with something from the fruit bowl. A few minutes later we were all seated in front of steaming plates of pasta with lamb sausage and creamy sautéed chard. I finally took a deep breath.
No one said a word. After several minutes of nothing but the clattering of forks against plates, and resounding “mmm’s,” I was relieved to realize this was a keeper. Of course, some fine tuning and documentation were still needed, but that’s the fun part – not to mention eating that tasty meal all over again! Now with that work behind me, you too can have your loved ones swooning over plates of delicious pasta in under an hour, on any day you please.
Get the recipe for Fresh Beet Fettuccine with Sausage and Greens.