GL FOOD: Penne Pasta


Need a weekend boredom buster? Why not spice things up and cook a yummy dinner for two. Invite your BFF to join you and you've got a fun night of fab food ahead! Bon Appétit!


8 ounces penne pasta or rigatoni
3 large cloves garlic, peeled
1 cup frozen peas, defrosted (We use "petite" peas.)
4 slices salami, ask for "Genoa" Italian salami at the grocery deli
dash of cayenne pepper
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1/4 cup each: freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheese, chopped parsley

1. Put a large saucepan half full with salted water over high heat. When it's boiling, add the pasta and boil on medium-high to high heat for about 8 minutes until the pasta is tender. Have an adult help you pour the hot pasta into the colander. Drain well in a colander and pour into a large bowl. While it's cooking, prepare the rest.

2. Put the garlic into a garlic press or mince* it into little pieces. Slice the salami into 1/4 inch strips and then cut the strips in half. Chop the parsley and have ready the peas, cheese, and seasonings.

3. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil on medium-high heat for about 10 seconds; then add the garlic and peas. Stir for 1 minute until the peas are hot; remove from heat. Pour over the pasta and toss (like a salad) with the cheese, seasonings, and parsley.


large saucepan or soup pot
colander, large mixing bowl
garlic press
cutting board
paring or chef’s knife
large skillet

By Anne Vassal

1/20/2008 3:12:50 PM
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