What I love about Italian cooking is that you don’t need much in the kitchen to make a great meal—tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, and fresh herbs. It’s fast and easy and healthy. Add a piece of good bread and you have a meal. This recipe from my friend Ann makes the kind of light pasta you eat in a restaurant and wish you could make at home. Now you can!
Serve with Italian or French bread or Garlic Bread (p. 227) with cheese. A Note About Parmesan: If you can find it, for a real treat buy fresh chunks of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese imported from the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, then grate it yourself right before using. The flavor is incomparable! Some consider this the “king” of Italian cheeses.