Friday, May 8, 2009

Buitoni Pasta

We received Buitoni Wild Mushroom Agnolotti from Foodbuzz a couple weeks ago and I just couldn't decide what kind of sauce to use. Buitoni agnolotti has been making the rounds on the foodblogs--some of my favorites include DoggyBloggy's and Katherine Aucoin's. I read that the pasta itself was a bit salty, so I wanted to do a sauce without salt to balance the flavor. According to wikipedia, "Typically, agnolotti are dressed in a beef broth and a little melted butter or in a fresh sage and melted butter sauce, as a complex sauce would detract from the flavors in the agnolotti pockets. In both cases topped with Parmigiano Reggiano cheese."

Well--I decided not to do that. I had all these fresh tomatoes from the market, so to hell with the butter sauce. I did a siciliana sauce of fresh and unsalted canned tomatoes, onions, garlic, crushed red pepper and herbs. Not very creative, but it did seem to work well without overpowering the pasta.

Our herb garden is coming along well--I decided to use a wee bit of the basil..

and a few of the oregano seedlings, as well. They need to be thinned anyways.
Our gas station is getting downright classy with its wine selection!
Verdict--both of us really liked it. We ate the entire box of pasta in one sitting ;)
This morning, we noticed that our magnolia is beginning to bloom! Oh man, it is going to smell so good.
Happy weekend, everyone


doggybloggy said...

sugar magnolia blossom told ya - isnt the pasta so tasty? It has such complete flavors all by itself so much that any sauce will do!

TavoLini said...

It IS tasty! I hemmed and hawed for so long on what sauce to make. I really can't wait for the herbs to get a bit larger, I have a hankering for some pesto.

buffalodick said...

Sounds like my "dirty pasta" had already been invented! Just homemade Mac-N-Cheese for us last night..

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

These ravioli look really good! A delicious dish!



Jenn said...

I wish I had gotten one of those Buitoni packages.

i ove it when flowers begin to bloom.

Jenn said...

Oops...meant to write "love"

The Blonde Duck said...

I really want that pasta now, the third time around...

Katherine Aucoin said...

#1 I'm still jealous about P.R. ;-)

isn't the pasta just a burst of flavor in your mouth? i need a gas station with a wine selection near my house!

tommie said...

That sauce looks awesome. I can't wait for our farmer's market to open.

I had a magnolia tree right outside the house I lived in while in college. They always bring back such fond memories!

Happy weekend

TavoLini said...

Buffalo--hard to beat homemade mac and cheese!

Rosa--I love ravioli! :)

Jenn--I bet your sauce would be much more unique ;) I love the smells of all the flowers--we're in a honeysuckle paradise right now.

Blonde--Pasta is always good :)

Katherine--it was great! Yeah, the local shell station has really stepped up. Wild Irish Rose was the classiest you could get a year ago...

Tommie--agreed! I'm so excited for all the spring veggies...we're actually going to try and grow tomatoes yet again. Here's hoping for better luck!

pinknest said...

Ooh looks delicious! I like your little herbs. I want to start some on my windowsill. And I love magnolias!! We used to have a few magnolia trees in our yard back in Texas.