After Italy’s hopes for the Cup were dashed in their dramatic but inevitable loss to Slovakia last week, I’m guessing they’re going to be in major need of some comfort food, either that or crying into their pasta.
I will miss those Italian boys. Sure they weren’t very good – nor very good looking – this year, but for sentiment’s sake (it was the Italians who first dribbled their way into my heart in 2002 and got me interested in the World Cup) I’m sorry to see them go.
With their departure, my friend K and I had to find other ways to whet our appetites. We’ve been whipping up some tasty Italian dishes of our own.
Cannelloni with ricotta and sausage in creamy tomato and wine
I used my baked pasta recipe for this and just swapped large pasta shells for cannelloni. When the pasta baked long enough, the grill made the top nice and crunchy.
And because there’s no better dish for a warm summer day, we had some plump tomatoes and mozarella with our very own basil. There was just something perfect about having this dish at this moment. It was light and refreshing in the warm sun. The richness of olive oil mixed with the sweet tang of balsamico, perfumed with the fragrance of the basil ….mmmm…..
Cooking with Karen: Roast red pepper soup and Salmon Cream pasta
And as the sun went down and the air became a little chilly, it was nice to have something warm and hearty.