This pasta is simple to make yet packed with flavour. Quick, tasty and sure to be a hit with family and friends!
I love pasta. I mean absolutely, positively, completely love it.
These days it’s not politely correct to say how much you love carbs, but I’m saying it here today. I will scream it from the rooftops. I love carbs. More than life itself.
I know they say home is where the heart is. Quite frankly I think they should change that saying to “home is where the carbs are”. At least for me.
Recently I had the distinct pleasure of heading to Miami for a food blog conference called Blogher Food. My pals at Aurora Importing sponsored me to attend the conference. They are a company I work with often, and do so proudly because I use their products on a regular basis. My pantry is full of Aurora Importing products all the time.
They have a new online store where you can buy products directly from them. They ship to Canada and the United States. It’s a really convenient way to shop. Plus you can buy in bulk which for people like me is a huge bonus.
Aurora Importing is offering my readers a 10% off code for their online store. All you have to do it punch in “CravingsLunatic” at the checkout so you can receive 10% off your order. That discount code is good until July 15, 2014. I hope lots of my readers will check out the online store and order lots of goodies from them.
One of my favourite products is their Frantoi Cutrera Primo Olive Oil. It’s a Sicilian Extra Virgin Olive Oil that is Cold Extracted. The flavour of this oil is out of this world. It’s my go to quality oil for dishes I want to stand out. I used it in the recipe posted today. I highly recommend trying this oil out for yourself. You can buy lots of their other olive oils on their online store as well, many of them are sold in bulk which is always a great way to stock up on items you use often.
I also love their sun-dried tomatoes. You can purchase different sizes and varieties of them. Some of the options are the Allessia Sun-dried Cherry Tomatoes 200ml, the Allessia Sun-dried Tomatoes In Oil 300ml, the Turkish Allessia Sun-dried Tomatoes in Oil 275ml, or you can buy them in bulk and purchase a 10kg bag of Sun-dried Tomatoes. There’s also a 4L jar of Sun-dried Tomatoes on the online store. You can purchase a case of Ready to Eat Sun-dried Tomatoes, or purchase a case of regular Sun-dried Tomatoes. I used a jar of sun-dried tomatoes in today’s post. You can use any type, just be sure to reconstitute them in some water prior to making the dish.
I’d like to thank Aurora Importing for being kind enough to sponsor me for Blogher Food. It’s always a pleasure working with a company I believe in, and use in my day to day life. This partnership could not be a better fit for me. I learned so much at the conference, and had a great time connecting with fellow bloggers and brands. It was a great opportunity to get out and have some foodie fun.
To me there’s nothing better for a gathering of friends and family than putting a family style dish of pasta on the table. Everyone can dig right in and help themselves. It’s a great way to serve pasta, a little less formal and stuffy than some alternatives. I took the photos for the post then piled the pasta on an old silver platter and we just dug right into it. That’s the way Italian food should be served if you ask me. Family style is where it’s at, folks. Try it for yourself and I guarantee your kids will love the laid back atmosphere of just diving right into the platter of pasta. It’s messy, fun and seriously scrumptious. Enjoy!
When making pesto use your imagination. There are so many ways to change pesto up to suit your own taste. Be creative and have fun with it.
I use my food processor for making pesto. What I like about using the food processor, as opposed to other techniques, is that it’s easy to adjust the oil as you go. It’s also a fast way to make pesto, not a lot of monkeying around when you use a food processor.
When you combine the pesto with the cooked noodles remember that tossing is your best friend. You want to toss, toss and toss some more. Then when you think you’re about done with the tossing, give it another toss just to be sure. This will ensure the noodles are evenly coated with pesto, or sauce if you happen to be using sauce instead. So toss, toss, then toss some more, toss again till you can’t toss any more. Then you’re good to serve this up on platter. This family style meal will be a huge hit with your family and friends.
Remember to swing by Aurora Importing’s New Online Store to shop for all your grocery needs. It’s so convenient, and with the 10% discount code it’s the perfect time to shop till you drop. Use the code “CravingsLunatic” at the checkout to get 10% off your order. That code is good until July 15, 2014. Thank you to Aurora Importing for offering that discount to all my readers.
Their New Online Store carries Food, Kitchenware, Cleaners, and Gifts. Right now they have a Father’s Day Gourmet BBQ Box on special for $29.99. That would make a great gift for any Dad’s out there for Fathers Day. They also carry Baci Chocolate which I know my Dad used to just love to bits. I carry on the tradition by giving some to my hubs on Fathers Day.
Hope you enjoy the pasta. I sure missed everyone while I was off work. I was sick as a dog after my trip to Miami. I appreciate all my readers for understanding my need to take some time off to recover. Thanks to everyone who emailed me. It meant a lot to me.
Also, for those of you who follow the facebook page, my daughter’s wisdom teeth surgery went really well. She had them done yesterday, and has been a real trouper about the whole thing. We’re all relieved she got them out, finally. She had been struggling with pain so it will be nice for her to get back to normal. She says thanks to everyone who sent messages wishing her a speedy recovery. We really appreciate your kindness and support.
Tune in all this week for lots of great recipes. I’ve got a pizza coming up this week, as well as some dessert. Plus some beverages for you to enjoy in this hot weather.
If you’re into grilling make sure you follow my other site, Kiss My Smoke. I just picked up an electric smoker and am having a ball with it. Be sure to follow that blog for tons of great grill recipes.
Disclosure Mumbo Jumbo: This post is a thank you to Aurora Importing for sponsoring me for Blogher Food. As my readers know I only work with companies I trust and use on a regular basis. All opinions are my own. Aurora Importing paid for me to attend Blogher Food. I am eternally grateful.
Toodles and smoochies! xx