Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Pasta Ponza with Giada

Not long ago I had the pleasure of meeting Giada De Laurentiis from Food Network, she was signing her newest book Giada at Home. Although I haven’t tried many recipes from her book, I can say that it has some beautiful pictures all throughout it not only of her dishes but her family as well.

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No pictures were allowed with her but I did manage to snag a few while waiting in line! She was super nice and down to earth!

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Last night I tried a dish from her book called Pasta Ponza, click here for her recipe! This is the dish that is on the cover and Giada says it one of her favorites!

I love recipes that only have a few key ingredients!

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I used red and orange tomatoes, yum!!

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Mix tomatoes, capers, olive oil and s&p in an 8x8 baking dish. Sprinkle bread crumbs on top. Bake in 375 degree oven for 30 minutes.

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While the tomato mixture is in the oven cook your pasta and save about a cup of the pasta water, don’t forget or you’ll be sorry!

Out of the oven, love the crunchy topping!

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After it has cooled a bit spoon the mixture oven your pasta and grate some romano cheese on top.

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This dish was quite tasty but a bit dry, you definitely need that added pasta water.  I love the concentrated flavor that the tomatoes take on after being roasted.

Have you ever met a “celebrity” chef before?

18 comments:

  1. I've met some local celebrity chefs before but I'm looking forward to hearing Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert on Friday night!

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  2. I've met Joan Nathan and Molly Wizenberg (Orangette). Celebrity chefs are my rock stars, so I was completely star struck, stumbled through whatever gushy things I wanted to say to them, and basically embarrassed myself. Ah well.

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  3. Love her. I'm a huge lover of Italian cuisine!! There are very few episodes of Everyday Italian that I haven't seen.

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  4. I've never met a celebrity chef before but I'd love to meet Giada or Ina. That's too bad they didn't allow photos with her. :(

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  5. That sounds lovely!
    I have never met a celebrity chef. :(
    Someday!

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  7. I really like giada and all the recipes I've made by her are awesome. This one looks especially good. I'm so envious you met her!

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  8. Giada makes a good chicken piccata too (can check it out at Food Network). My cousin Donna lives in Italy and has a blog http://cookinginlucca.blogspot.com/ called What's Cooking in Lucca. She does a lot of past with simple ingredients. Check it out. I like the flavor of the roasted tomatoes too. Depsite you thinking it was dry, it still looks delicious! Thanks for sharing. On a side note, for xmas I got all of my sisters a Giada apron, fancy pasta, a pasta dish, wooden spoons, good olive oil. She has an entire line they carry at Target and it is pretty nice.

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  10. Thank you for the blog visit and comment. I just made a tomato soup the other night, and my husband and I were saying it was so good it could be a sauce for pasta. I suggested some tomato on top...I have just met the spouse to my tomato soup...I will try this and marry the two recipes!

    cheers!

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  11. wow this meal looks delicious! Thanks for stopping by my blog because now I have found yours! I love the recipes and I'll definitely be back.

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  12. Wow! It's cool that you met her - she's so pretty and seems so nice! Have met a few celebs, but not a celeb chef.

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  13. Yum, that looks great! Just curious, when would you have added the pasta water?

    My sister works at a bookstore and hosted one of her signings. She said she was super nice. I liked her before but now I do even more.

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  14. That does look perfect - simple and delicious! Thanks.

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  15. Love her and this recipe looks divine. I've met her, Ina and Tyler. I love them all.

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