A Simple Pasta For An Un-Silent Night

21 Dec

It’s that time of year.

Nothing is quiet. Nothing is calm. Round yon corner hides your mother-in-law. Holy terror toddler screaming for TMX Elmo. “Cook” in light-warp-speeeed! Eaaat in light-warp-speed.

Granted, I have no mother-in-law, nor a screaming toddler in my own apartment (thank god), my shopping is done and all I have to do is show up at my mom’s house on Saturday, but in New York City, we live in very close proximity to others, and walking around, I can feel the rising tidal wave of panic as last minute shoppers and menu planners scurry about.

But listen up! Allow my voice to be heard over your increasingly shrill inner monologue.

You still have to eat.

So my offering to you is this simple, festive, nurturing pasta that I dreamed up a few weeks ago on a night where I got out of work late, hungry and un-inspired.

Linguini With Treviso Radicchio

You need: Spinach flavored linguine, two heads of Treviso radicchio (the larger, elongated red variety), some garlic, some mint, olive oil, butter, a little stock (if you have it) and some leftover red wine (or a glug from the bottle you’re drinking from).

Sweat the garlic in some olive oil. Cut the radicchio into ribbons, wash and then braise, with the garlic, in enough red wine and stock to cover until tender, about 10 minutes. Cook the linguine. When nearly done, drain and transfer immediately to the radicchio. Toss to coat. Season with salt & pepper and finish with a knob of butter. Transfer to a bowl and garnish with a liberal amount of chopped mint. Dig in. (I’d imagine a light blizzard of grated cheese would taste divine on this as well).

Linguini With Treviso Radicchio

Sit back, relax. Allow the panic to ebb. And if the red wine isn’t helping you ignore the sugar-rushing, Elmo-crazed children in your life, might I recommend switching immediately to the good stuff.

Happy holidays everybody, happy holidays!


3 Responses to “A Simple Pasta For An Un-Silent Night”

  1. deb December 21, 2006 at 9:34 am #

    Oh yum. That looks so perfect, and I love sauteed radicchio, as well as anything cooked in or frankly even in proximity to a glass of wine. Have a wonderful holiday, with lots of the good stuff.

  2. s'kat December 21, 2006 at 9:47 am #

    Mmm, that sounds like a perfectly relaxing meal! Happy holidays to you as well!

  3. Tiny Banquet Committee December 22, 2006 at 7:42 pm #

    I loooove the idea of combining radicchio and mint!

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