I was in the mood for pasta. It was a kind of vague hankering. I could not pin down exactly what I wanted. It had to be something out of the ordinary. Spaghetti, lasagna, or fettuccine alfredo didn’t quite fit. I did some internet searches and flipped through a few cookbooks and nothing struck my fancy. Then I pulled out my recipe notebook. As I went through it there was one that caught my attention – farfalle pasta with prosciutto, spinach, and pine nuts.
All the ingredients sounded just right. Prosciutto, well, oh yea! A great big thank you goes to whoever made it. Then add in sautéed spinach, golden raisins, pine nuts, and a touch of lemon for a mighty tasty pasta. It all goes together so well. The sweetness of the raisins balances with the prosciutto. The pine nuts add crunch and spinach gives it a color and flavor pop.
How good is this pasta? I’ll be totally honest. I made it in the late morning so I could have it for lunch. I had it done in time to take photos for this post. I scooped out some on a plate and set up my photo shoot. I ate a spoonful for tasting purposes. I went out to my sun room to take a test shot and found myself back in the kitchen. Another spoonful had to be “taste tested”. A few photos later and it was time to setup the plate for the final shot. That meant going back in the kitchen.
I had trouble getting the pasta to the plate. It kept getting diverted into my mouth. I can’t believe I stood there and ate a big portion of it right then and there. I rarely, if ever, eat in the kitchen. It was so good I could not finish the photos until I had my fill. Thanks goodness it serves more than one. I still had plenty for the photo and some to save for later.
Has something like this happened to you? When you take one bite and then you can’t stop eating it? It doesn’t happen with me often. This farfalle pasta with prosciutto, spinach, and pine nuts got me. I know I will make it again. I only hope next time I can show some restraint. It’s a good thing no one was here to take photos of me eating from that big bowl.
Recipe adapted from one by Vita Greco on the Food Network website.