Taglierini al Limone

When we returned from Italy I had a list of three dishes I wanted to learn to make.

The first was Aubergine Parmigiana.  Our hotel served a to-die-for version for lunch and I’ve been trying and failing for several weeks to recreate it.

The second was a dish I ate in the fantastic Leon di Oro in Riva: Tagliatelli with Black Truffles and Vezzana Cheese.  I kid you not, the restaurant version is perhaps the nicest thing I’ve ever eaten.  Ever.  Looking forward to making that once truffles come into season later this year.

And the third was Taglierini al Limone, a delicate, fresh pasta dish that I ate in a little trattoria in the lovely town of Arco.  It’s been very simple to recreate and, being so light and so simple to make, it has been my post-run lunch of choice this summer.

Sigh.  I miss my lazy summer lunches.

Taglierini al Limone

(serves 2)

200g taglierini (This is a slim, delicate tagliatelli type pasta that cooks very quickly.  If you can’t find it, angel hair pasta would work well or linguine.)

Juice of one lemon and 1/2 tspn of the rind grated finely

3 tblspn extra virgin olive oil

1 garlic clove

1/2 cup of finely grated parmesan cheese

Pepper

2 tblspn finely chopped parsley

  • Whisk together the lemon juice and oil until emulsified.  Bash the garlic clove with a rolling pin and pop it in the liquid to infuse.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta.  Drain reserving a little of the cooking water.
  • Immediately after draining, add the pasta back to the pot.  Remove the garlic from the lemony oil (you just want a hit) and add the oil and cheese to the pan.  Use two forks to lift and toss the pasta, working the cheese and lemony oil evenly through it.
  • Serve scattered with a grinding of pepper and a scattering of parsley.
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Summer’s Lunch

So simple.  So good.

Baked Feta with Tomatoes

(serves 1)

100g Feta cheese

Handful of cherry tomatoes, halved

1 tblspn black olives, chopped

1 tspn capers

Leaves of one sprig of fresh thyme or a pinch of dried

Olive oil

  • Preheat oven to 200 oC.
  • Place feta in a small oven proof dish and break up a little.  Scatter the tomatoes, olives, capers and thyme over the top and drizzle with a little olive oil.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until cheese is just beginning to go golden.
  • Serve with flat bread.