Friday, March 11, 2011

Beggar's Linguine

Time for French Fridays with Dorie! Today's recipe is Beggar's Linguine and let me tell you, I was so excited to give this recipe a try. You know how when you first page through a new cookbook and one recipe stands out to you, well this was that recipe for me with Around My French Table. It just sounded so delicious and like such a new combination of flavors and textures -- and it's pasta -- one of my very favorite foods.

To do this dish justice I had to make fresh linguine. Then I got the add-ins ready; pistachios, almonds, figs, and instead of raisins (we were out) I used dried Michigan montmorency cherries. Not pictured is the zest, I used the zest of a Minneola Tangelo, which was a nice bright orange -- and also the freshly grated parmigiano reggiano.

Please excuse the bad photos of this recipe, hubby had been messing around with the camera settings and I hadn't switched them back before I started shooting and didn't notice they were not quite right until I uploaded them.

Above, the add-ins are simmering in butter.

This was such a yummy lunch. I am happy I used fresh pasta as I think that really helped make this a special dish. Kids weren't too keen on this dish, oh-well. I thought it was great, and it was nice to use some figs, which I like but always forget about. Another delicious dish with the FFwD gang :)


Anonymous said...

I, too, thought it was a delicious lunch. Well done!

amanda @ fake ginger said...

Mmm, fresh pasta! I bet that was ridiculously delicious in this!

My kids wouldn't have eaten it either. That's okay though - more for us!

Adriana said...

The fresh pasta must have taken this to a whole new level! The cherries give the dish such a pretty color too.

Kayte said...

Looks great...we loved this, too! And, for the record, it was plenty good with the dried pasta...oh, yeah, maybe too good. I am definitely going to try it with fresh so I can see how much better it can be...or wait, should I really have that information available to me? This is dangerous stuff...swimming in all that butter!

Nana said...

Your photos are lovely. There is nothing as good
as fresh pasta, Tricia and I have a great Italian
store nearby where were buy it sometimes. I also
like the idea of using cherries in the dish.

Cher said...

Very nice. I agree on the fresh pasta - there is nothing quite like it!

Anonymous said...

I made a single serving as no one else in my house was going to eat it. I'll bet the fresh pasta was nice with this.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure your dish was so much better with the fresh pasta. You did a great job!

Anonymous said...

Kudos to your fresh homemade pasta! The cherries sound great too :)

Anonymous said...

The cherries sound great! Love that this dish excited and stood out to you! You have a more adventurous spirit than me!

Kris' Kitchen said...

Cherries are a great idea....and your photos are beautiful! Nice post.

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