Pasta is always high on the list of America’s favorite foods. Quick and easy to fix, hard to ruin, it can be made and ready to eat within a half-hour. What could be better for today’s “faster, faster” life?
But the one fault I find with many pastas is that they are often smothered in sauce. Too much sauce destroys the texture and taste. This is also true of most pizzas. I have a solution, and what I think is a very pleasant way of serving pasta so each person can create his or her own dish.
First, cook up a big plate of pasta.
Next, put some chopped garlic, chives, watercress, oregano and ripe tomatoes in separate bowls with a bowl of grated Parmesan and some olive oil in a pitcher on the serving table. Have individual serving dishes and let each person first add what they want from the vegetables, then they can add the hot pasta to the dish. The hot pasta slightly cooks the raw vegetables. Then everyone can sit down to eat and, using a fork, mix their pasta so it comes out just right. Top with olive oil and cheese to taste.