GARDEN TO TABLE: Pappardelle with Melted Tomatoes & Fresh Herbs

A lazy, warm summer evening at Smallpeace. Just like so many evenings before. Having spent most of the day lolling about, wandering from couch to bed to porch to couch again, it was nearly dinnertime and not a thought had gone into what should be prepared. As we lounged comfortably in our Adirondack chairs, drawing straws to see who might run to the local market, I spied a cluster of bright yellow deliciousness in the vegetable patch.  Surely we could make something yummy with those…

Foraging through the refrigerator, I found a lonely chunk of slab bacon, a renegade shallot, and a box of fresh pappardelle pasta. All that, finished with some lemon zest and about a cup of chopped, mixed herbs from the garden—basil, tarragon, parsley, and oregano to be exact—made for a spontaneous, really satisfying meal.

• Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a pan

• Cube some slab bacon and add to the oil (Note: vegetarians can leave this step out)

• Mince one shallot and add to the pan

• Once the shallots are caramelized (apprx. 3 minutes) throw in two large fists full of cherry tomatoes (any color will do), and cover the pan until they pop and melt, releasing their juices.

• Meanwhile, cook pappardelle according to box instructions. Reserve ½ cup cooking water to add to the sauce.

• Combine cooked pasta and finished sauce in a large bowl and throw in your mixed, chopped herbs. Finish with some lemon zest, a healthy handful of breadcrumbs, and salt and pepper to taste.

About Smallpeace

Michele Karas is a poet, essayist, and longstanding professional copywriter, who currently works for a top-five US book publisher. Her poems and prose have appeared in literary journals, including Tinderbox, THRUSH, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Narrative magazine, among others. Michele holds a BA in Journalism from San Diego State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from CUNY, The City College of New York. Find her on Twitter @small_peace.
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4 Responses to GARDEN TO TABLE: Pappardelle with Melted Tomatoes & Fresh Herbs

  1. Alisa says:

    That looks seriously amazing. And why would anyone want to leave out the slab bacon? 😉 bon appetit!!!

  2. David says:

    Note to self: avoid Michele’s blog when hungry.

  3. Smallpeace says:

    If you visit us a Smallpeace, I promise I will cook for you!

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