Friday, May 04, 2007

Presto Pasta Night #10

Presto Pasta Nights hits double digits this week and as you all should know by now it's hosted by Ruth from Once Upon A Feast. If you love pasta do check out the recaps that appear every Friday night, there's always a plethora of pasta delights on show.

The pasta I've chosen to use this week is called Succhietto and it's probably one of the more unusual shapes


It's a short pasta but the curl gives it an "interesting twist" - if you are tired of macaroni then perhaps you should give this a try.

I'm going to use this pasta in what is a very quick yet hearty dish perfect for the cooler weather we are finally getting. I'm teaming it with the pepperonata, then smothering it in a béchamel sauce before being baked in the oven.

For those places that are warming up, just toss your pasta through the hot Peperonata along with a generous sprinkling of Parmigiano-Reggiano for a flavoursome and quick meal.


Baked Succhietto with Peperonata

succhietto pasta or substitute another short pasta
Peperonata (recipe here)
Béchamel sauce (recipe here)
baby bocconcini
freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

There aren't really any quantities here because it's best made to suit your own taste.

Once the pasta has cooked toss it through a generous amount of peperonata. If your peperonata is cold, that is fine as it will heat when the dish is baked.

Place the pasta into a large or individual sized baking dish. I like to rip the bocconcini and plant them amongst the pasta to add a little surprise when you are eating it. Then pour over with the béchamel sauce and a little grated Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Bake in a 170°C/340°F oven until heated through - the time will depend on the size of your dish.

Remove, sprinkle a little extra Parmigiano over the top and serve immediately.


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  1. AnonymousMay 04, 2007

    Wow...looks daughter loves paste and she will love this dish...thanks for sharing

  2. It does look scrumptious! Interesting that you are FINALLY getting cool weahter. We here in Nova Scotia are STILL getting cool weather. When will my Spring really come?

    Thanks so much for playing such a big role in Presto Pasta NIghts.

  3. AnonymousMay 04, 2007

    yum! looks deeelish. i need to take part in presto pasta, it always looks so yummy (smiles)

  4. Haalo this looks so great. You are a genuis!

  5. hey, love your blog... food is one of my all-time favourite topics and your recipes look scrumptious! Beautiful pics also.

    It would be really great to put a search function on your blog, though, so you could look up previous recipes easily... don't know how this could be done (I am not so techno-savvy), but just a thought?

  6. What a beautiful pasta dish and I love the cute little terracotta dish. You make wanna have pasta for lunch today...and tomorrow...and the day after tomorrow..

  7. That looks really tasty! I've been eating a lot of baked pasta this week because its so easy to prepare, but this will add a new dish to my repetoire!

  8. When's dinner? That looks so comforting and delicious.

  9. Thanks Dilip - it's comfort food that everyone can enjoy

    A big thanks to you Ruth for coming up with PPN!

    Thanks Aria - your squid ink noodle dish would have been a perfect addition to PPN, I'm sure you have many more wonderful dishes to share

    Thanks Sara - not sure if I've reached genius level yet ;)

    Thanks MD - there is a search function within blogger - it's located right at the top in the black menubar in the left hand corner, just type in any word and click search this blog and you should get a listing.

    Thanks Rose - the dish is a little Spanish pot just perfect for one and those one-dish meals.

    Thanks Christianne - they are quick to make and really satisfying.

    What time are you coming over Julie? ;)

  10. Haalo, I love baked pasta dishes and this pasta shape you chose is great!
    I'm sure loads of sauce got stuck between those swirls.

  11. Pasta is the perfect meal as the cold weather approaches.

    We haven't lit the fire yet, but it won't be long.

  12. Indeed Patricia - the sauce also hides inside the twisted tube, it's just a fun shape!

    Hi Karen - it's still a little too warm for fires here too but hopefully that will come soon!


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