October 1, 2012
I’m really loving cooking vegetarian on Mondays. The challenge of eating meat-free one day a week, has me researching tasty entrees I probably wouldn’t try usually. This tortellini dish literally blew us away. I had my vegetarian friend over for dinner and she was also impressed.
I must say, the Georgia Olive Farms Olive Oil really made this dish. It melded beautifully with the sharp bite of fresh garlic, the herbed pasta and the creamy goat cheese. This recipe should probably serve four, but Jim and I ate 3/4 of it between the two of us. The only thing that would have made it any better, would be a fresh loaf of french bread to sop up the delicious sauce left at the bottom of the bowl.
Fresh Tortellini with Asparagus, Peas & Parsley
- 1/3 cup Georgia Olive Farms Olive Oil
- 2 medium cloves garlic, minced
- 1/8 tsp. cayenne
- 1 lb. fresh cheese tortellini (I used herbed cheese from the Farmer’s Market)
- 1 lb. thin asparagus, trimmed of tough, woody stems, and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces (leave the tips whole)
- 1 cup thawed frozen peas
- 1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
- 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh Italian Parsley
- 2 oz. fresh goat cheese, softened
- black pepper
- parmesan cheese, grated
In a covered pot, bring well-salted water to a boil over high heat. In a large pasta serving bowl, combine the olive oil, garlic, cayenne, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Cook the tortellini, asparagus, and peas in the boiling water until the tortellini is al dente, about 3 minutes. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking water, then drain the pasta and vegetables and toss with the garlic-oil mixture. Add the pine nuts, mint, and goat cheese and stir until the cheese melts into a sauce, adding cooking water as needed to moisten the pasta. Season to taste with salt, pepper and parmesan and serve.
September 24, 2012
I made this yesterday for the girls in the office today. As usual, I tasted a spoonful, to make sure it came out okay. Oh my goodness. I had to immediately pack up the salad and stow it in the fridge so I couldn’t have a second, third and fourth bite. I know this will be a hit for today’s lunch and I will definitely be doubling the batch the next time I make it!
I’m serving it with a Roasted Butternut Squash Soup. A healthy menu to kick off fall!
Roasted Broccoli and Farro Salad with Feta
- 3/4 cup farro
- 1 1/2 cup water
- 1 lb. broccoli
- 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced
- Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 Tbs. coarsely chopped fresh Italian parsley
- 1 Tbs. red wine vinegar
Pre-heat the oven to 375°F. In a saucepan, bring salted water to a boil over high heat. Bring the farro to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes, then remove from heat, cover and let sit about 10 minutes. Drain well and transfer to a large bowl.
Meanwhile, remove the broccoli crown from the stem and cut into bitesize florets. Toss the stems or use them in a chicken or vegetable broth. In a baking dish, toss the florets with 2 Tbs. of olive oil. Roast until tender and browned in spots, about one hour. Add the broccoli, feta, scallions, red pepper flakes, and parsley to the farro. Sprinkle with the vinegar and 1 tsp. salt and toss. Drizzle with the remaining 1 Tbs. olive oil and toss. Season to taste with more vinegar and salt. Serve warm or at room temperature.
- Farro Greek Salad (tammycirceo.typepad.com)
- Farro Salad with Roasted Vegetables and Caramelized Onions (vegetarianventures.com)
- farro with chard, cannellini beans and kalamata olives (plumsintheicebox.typepad.com)