Tuesday, 8 May 2007

Ari’s Pasta or Baked Rigatoni with Red Wine Vegetables and Creamy Sauce



Ari’s Pasta or Baked Rigatoni with Red Wine Vegetables and Creamy Sauce

After I read Ari from the wonderful Baking and Books story about her cooking of this dish for her Mother I just really wanted to try it. Her recipe is adapted from The Pasta Bible.

It’s a subtle yet complex dish, with aubergine, courgettes, onions and celery. These are cooked in a little butter and aromatically flavoured with thyme, tomatoes and red wine. The almost cooked pasta is mixed with the vegetables and wine and placed in a baking dish. A topping of cream, Parmesan, egg, parsley, rosemary, nutmeg and seasonings are mixed together and poured over the top of the waiting pasta before baking.

What you get is a lovely fragrant, subtle yet well flavoured vegetable pasta. I really like aubergines and courgettes with the red wine background taste. The dried rosemary worked really well, indeed fresh would have overpowered this gentle dish, and I say this with some surprise and I have never (so far) been a fan of dried rosemary, but I live and learn!

Thank you Ari for passing on this lovely recipe, if you would like it too you will find it here at the end of ’ Ari’s ‘Hot Sauce Incident post – which is worth reading even if you don’t cook the pasta, but I was sold on it when I read it.

9 comments:

Margaret said...

Looks yummy! I love the way that you, like me, share your thoughts about recipes you have cooked from the mountain of cookery books that you own!!

Kristen said...

I have been tempted by her post as well and now I am tempted by yours. Looks fantastic!

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the dish! I'm touched that you took the time not only to make it, but post about it too. :)

Ari (Baking and Books)

Little Foodie said...

Great that it was as good as you'd thought it would be. Looks really comforting and delicious. Amanda

Kathryn said...

Mmm this looks lovely and so did the banana cream pie! I love this sort of pasta dish though, warming and comforting and delicious too.

Kathryn x

gilly said...

Oh this sounds so lovely - I remember thinking the same when I read Ari's post on it too...

So that settles it, it must be made! :)

vonsachsen said...

I wish I could eat pasta, now more than ever! This dish has lots of my favourite ingredients like aubergines, red wine and thyme...
Looks great too :)

Nazca said...

Pasta is such a wonderful thing. It lets you concentrate on flavours rather than the need to undermine hunger.

Look yummy!

Kelly-Jane said...

Margaret Thank you :)

Kristen & Gilly, I loved Ari's story, she has a great site!

Ari, I did enjoy it, thanks for passing it on :)

Amanda, Kathryn, Vonsachen and Nazca it was a nice comforting pasta dish!

KJxx