Presto: Or How To Transform “Toast” Into Pasta

6 Oct

It’s as easy as stashing some caramelized onions in your fridge!

When the stress of the day and the chilliness of the weather combine to form a powerful pasta hankerin’, just pull the onions out and heat them up in about 1/2 cup of white wine, a pinch of cayenne pepper (thanks Deb!), and a splash of sherry vinegar (not balsamic).

Serve over your favorite pasta under a wee drift of grated Parmesan cheese and a healthy dose of freshly ground pepper.

Simple, satisfying and tasty. It doesn’t get much easier than this.

And, uh, yeah, that is two sizes of pasta (papardelle and angel hair) you see in those photos.

I’ve been remiss in keeping my larder in good shape these days. The weather’s been too nice!

8 Responses to “Presto: Or How To Transform “Toast” Into Pasta”

  1. deb October 6, 2006 at 7:48 am #

    Whoa! So, here’s what I am thinking – you live in Manhattan, non? I live in Manhattan, non? Feasibly, I could come get some of this, er, now. Would that be creepy? It just looks so good, I’m losing my sense of social etiquette.

  2. ann October 6, 2006 at 10:39 am #

    Creepy? Nah. Well, I mean, not unless you like, totally know what street I live on. That would be creepy. But even if you did, you’d be s.o.l. because pasta doesn’t have a chance of becoming leftovers in my kitchen. Doesn’t matter how full I am, I’ll finish it all. God I love pasta!

  3. Brilynn October 6, 2006 at 11:54 am #

    I like the idea of using 2 different sized pastas, more texture. And who doesn’t love more pasta?

  4. Tim October 6, 2006 at 3:07 pm #

    It looks great to me! I am a huge fan of both caramalised or roasted onions, oh and pasta, oh and parmesan – so will definately be giving this a try.

  5. sher October 7, 2006 at 3:31 pm #

    I love caralized onions and try to keep it in the freezer. They have so many uses and make a dish taste very special!!! Those pics look fabulous!

  6. Julie October 7, 2006 at 6:00 pm #

    What a great idea. If the carmelized onions are on hand pulling this together would only take a tiny bit more effort than ramen noodles. And it looks perfect for a cold and rainy October day.

  7. peabody October 8, 2006 at 6:16 pm #

    It looks very comforting.

  8. ann October 9, 2006 at 2:35 pm #

    Brilynn — It was a very happy accident! (and welcome btw!)

    Tim — I hope you like it, it’s so simple and easy (and welcome to you too!)

    Sher — You can freeze them!?!? Rock on!!!

    Julie — Don’t go knockin’ the ramen (just kidding!)

    Peabody — It was (and welcome to you too, too!)

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