At the beginning of a new year, many people who write about food talk about how to eat virtuously: Detoxing from December, starting the year off on the right foot, that sort of thing. (The first day of 2019, . I still stand by the recipes I suggested, so if you want to "eat well" this week, check them out.)
This year, however, I'm kind of going in the other direction: pasta. No, it's not exactly what you'd call "resolution food" (unless you're resolving to eat more carbs), but for many people (myself included), a steaming bowl of pasta on a cold winter night is one of life's great pleasures, if not a downright necessity. So, here are five essential pasta recipes (mini-recipes, actually) for winter. They're "essential" because they're some of my favorites and I fully plan on eating all of them over the next few months, but of course they're just the tip of the iceberg.
Here's what we've got: 1. A super simple and surprisingly luxurious walnut pesto flavored with fresh sage. 2. Pasta with balsamic onions, a dish that might otherwise be a cliché if it weren't so damn good. 3. An awesome tapenade-tomato sauce hybrid that you make by buzzing up a paste of olives, garlic, capers, and anchovies, and stirring it into canned tomatoes in the skillet. 4. Pasta with chicken, frisée and stilton; so hearty, so tasty. 5. Pasta with garbanzo beans, Italian sausage, and arugula, which can easily bend towards any particular combination of sausage and greens that you like.
It's also worth noting that the last two recipes are prime candidates for the "more sauce, less pasta" approach, which cuts down on both the meat and the carbs, and results in a healthier dish. You could even call it eating virtuously.
No, pasta is not necessarily "resolution food," but for many of us it's necessary to make it through the winter. These are some of my favorites.
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