Creamy Pasta with Leeks

I kid you not, if there’s anything that can console us in these apocalyptic times it’s carbs. I don’t know what it is about them that just soothe the mind and improve our outlooks on life, I just know that they work and it’s universal. And for the past six months, it’s been pizza, bread, pasta and rice that have helped me digest all the news on the pandemic, deaths, unemployment, climate change, Xinjiang, Trump, RBG, BLM… *panic* *sweats* *gulp* hold on, let me just snack on some sourdough I made this morning.

So it’s been tough! But here’s a dish to bring you solace: creamy leeks and cheese coat and hug the pasta with the companies of anchovies to add some depth and lemon zest to freshen things up. Don’t do anchovies? Remove and maybe replace with some pancetta, or keep it veggie and add a bit of miso. Thyme would also fit well in this party. If you’ve got time, fry off some bread crumbs and add a bit more texture. Doesn’t this idea make you calmer already? Shhh, just forget what’s happening in the outside world now and focus on this delightful pasta.

Serves 2
200g pasta
1 large leek, finely sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
2 anchovy fillets, minced
60-100g parmesan
Dash of cream

Start by frying the garlic and anchovies in a pan with oil for a few minutes over medium heat until fragrant and sticky.

Add the leeks and sweat over medium heat – don’t turn up the heat or else you’ll get them caramelized. Cook until softened, anywhere between 5 and 10 minutes.

In the mean time bring a pot of water to the boil, add a good pinch of salt, and then add the pasta. Cook until very al dente as you’ll cook it with the sauce as well.

Add the pasta to the pan and a bit of the pasta water as well. Toss and cook and add a bit more pasta water if it seems too dry. Follow this process for a few minutes until the pasta is at the consistency you’d like.

Finish off by stirring in the dash of cream together with the parmesan and the lemon zest.

Pasta with Potatoes

I know that my first post in January should be something healthier, something involving #detox, #cleanse, and #cleaneating.  I know that the first days of January are filled with aspiration and ardor – the pubs empty, the gyms crammed, the office cafeterias packed with determined homemade salads. I know that everyone’s attempting to become a better version of themselves, which generally involves being “healthier”, which usually means weight loss, which often can be detrimental mentally.  Because so many of these new year resolutions fail. These unsuccessful resolutions can in turn make you feel like a failure. And when these failures are linked to body image, well, that’s unhealthy.

I wanted to share something comforting with you today, especially if you, too, find January to be the Monday of months.
potato pasta
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Romanesco Pasta

I am currently at the airport in Istanbul, at 1:30am, waiting for my delayed flight at 6am and I am understandably bloody exhausted.  So I am reminiscing of the time I made this pasta.  It was a few days ago back home in Italy when we were altogether as a family – the four of us are spread over three continents so it does not happen very often, and we ate and we cooked and we grocery-shopped because that is what my lovely family does. img_9960 Continue reading “Romanesco Pasta”