April 05, 2011

Bang, Bang, Bang

That noise.  That's my head.  It's pounding.  I can't think when I have a headache.  It causes me to have writers block.  Thank God for this super yummy recipe that I made for dinner last night to fill in the spaces of my otherwise witty and hilarious stories.  Right?  I am witty and hilarious.  I do write extremely entertaining blog posts.  You look forward to visiting with me in the evening, don't you?  I knew it!

Spaghetti with Basil and Parsley  
(I know what you're saying.  Again with the spaghetti and basil?  This one is different though!)

 Yields 6 servings

Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1 pound spaghetti
3 garlic cloves
Crushed red-pepper flakes
6 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
1 cup fresh basil, coarsely chopped or sliced into ribbons
1 cup crumbled feta cheese (4 ounces)
3/4 to 1 cup finely grated Pecorino Romano cheese (about 2 ounces)

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente.  Drain, reserving 2/3 cup cooking water.

Return reserved cooking water to pot.  Add garlic and a pinch of red-pepper flakes.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low.  Add butter, and swirl to melt.  (Take a big sniff cuz all of this smells delightful!)

Return pasta to pot, and toss to coat.  Add herbs, reserving some for garnish.  Toss in 1/2 cup feta and the Pecorino.  Season with salt and pepper, and garnish with reserved herbs.  Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup feta and a pinch of red-pepper flakes if desired.

Source:  Martha Stewart Living

~ Enjoy!


  1. I love basil recipe like I wrote in your previous post! Mailing to myself now! Looks delicious! I wish this was my dinner tonight. I'm cooking a Japanese food (again).

  2. Anonymous5.4.11

    this looks amaaaaaaaaaazing Dee
    and yes I do love your posts :)
    Hope you're feeling better

  3. Thank you, thank you! I am feeling much better today :) Nami, it was pretty delicious! I am looking forward to the left-overs for lunch.

  4. Oh this is just what I need after a loooong week. Hope your head feels better.

  5. Hi Dee: Don't you just luv Martha Stewart? Her recipes are always so inspiring and usually always right on (measurements and directions). I have this weakness for cheese. Feta is my all time favorite and I like how you've used it with the pasta and Pecorino Romano.

    A delicious looking recipe and post. Hope you're feeling better and the headache is gone.

  6. Dee this looks really dee-licious! If you enjoyed the feta over the pasta ... you might like this slight variation too... instead of red pepper flakes, add some thinly chopped sun dried tomatoes to mix in with the goat cheese ... love your photos.

  7. Head feels much better, thank you all!

    Christina, Martha Stewart is the bomb! I may be borderline obsessive with all of her stuff.

    Chris, I love that variation. We have it often, too often in fact. I get glared at when I tell the family we are having it for dinner. I think it's been banned for a while!


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