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Big Black Dog: Drunken Pasta and Olive Spelt Focaccia

March 29, 2010

Drunken Pasta and Olive Spelt Focaccia


I was on Ju's blog, Little Teochew, about a month or so ago and she posted Drunk'n Pasta and it looked so interesting and I immediately added it to my ToDo List and there it sat until today!

The Drunken Pasta is super easy to make and it's basically a pasta cooked in red wine until it becomes a gorgeous red color or al Dente which ever comes first. And then the pasta is mixed with an Aglio E Olio sauce which is so silly easy one does not even need a recipe! And I so enjoyed this pasta! Not only it is a gorgeous color red but you can taste a bit of the sweetness of the wine! I think the Drunken Pasta would be a wonderful side dish for any special dinner. Or you could make it like I did for our Sunday snack while watching the basketball tournaments. :)


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Also this week for HBinFive we made Olive Spelt Bread and I made a loaf of focaccia which was totally and absolutely outstanding! What makes this bread so good is the chopped green olives and I did add the pimentos to add a bit of color and luscious Greek-style Yogurt! This is a gorgeous dough and I will most definitely be making this recipe again. I think so far this is absolute favorite bread!


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Drunken Spaghetti
Recipe adapted from David Rocco

1 lb. spaghetti
3 to 4 anchovy fillets, chopped (I used 2 tsp anchovy paste)
3-4 cups of red wine (I used Merlot)
1/2 cup freshly grated pecorino cheese
Small bunch of Italian parsley, finely chopped
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped (I used 3 cloves of garlic)
3 dried chili peppers, crushed (optional) (I skipped)
Salt to season

My Additions: Toasted Pine Nuts and Freshly ground Black Pepper

Bring salted water to boil in a large pot. Add spaghetti and cook until just par boiled about 2-3 minutes. Drain.

In a second large pasta pot, put your wine on to boil.

When the wine is boiling add the partially cooked pasta and cook until pasta has completely absorbed the wine and turned a gorgeous red color about 7-8 minutes. Be careful to not over cook the pasta. Drain and discard wine.

In a saucepan, heat extra virgin olive oil. Add minced garlic, anchovy fillets and chili peppers, pepper, nuts and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes.

Add cooked pasta to the oil/garlic sauce, heat through and toss well.

To serve top pasta with freshly chopped parsley and grated pecorino cheese.


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28 Comments:

Blogger Jamie said...

Love that book and I've made this fantastic focaccia and it quickly became a family favorite. I must say though that yours is amazingly perfect, so light and fluffy. Mmmm. And that pasta is great! Husband sometimes does Aglio Olio but I love the drunken part...

March 29, 2010 at 2:13 AM  
Blogger Angie's Recipes said...

I am a huge fan of spelt bread. The addtions of Greek yoghurt and pimentos sound even better.
I wanted to make the drunken pasta when I first saw it on Ju's blog...somehow kept getting distracted by something esle. Now it's TIME.

March 29, 2010 at 3:34 AM  
Blogger zerrin said...

Both look fantastic! Cooking pasta with wine sounds like a great idea. I will absolutely try it. Also the bread dough with olives take my attention. Sounds like it's rich in flavors. I love to try new bread recipes.

March 29, 2010 at 4:19 AM  
Blogger Allie and Pattie said...

I will be trying this next week- it looks amazing! My grandmother used to make a pasta dish cooked in wine, but I never got the recipe from her, so I'm dying to see if this is similar
xoxo Pattie

March 29, 2010 at 5:52 AM  
Blogger SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a great idea to leave the pimento in the olives and add them to the bread. Silly me, I plucked them out! This was one of my favorite breads also.

I'm so intrigued by the drunken pasta recipe made with red wine. It's beautiful and I can just imagine how terrific it tastes.

March 29, 2010 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

Michelle, the pairing is perfect! I'm glad you liked the pasta. :) It looks wonderful. Thank you for the link up!

Ju

March 29, 2010 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger Elle said...

How cool is that?! What a pretty color, too. I'd happily dive into that plate!

March 29, 2010 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Love the color! Such a fun dish!

March 29, 2010 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger Bonnie said...

I haven't bake my olive bread yet, but I also left in the pimentos. Loved the look of yours..I'm excited to finish mine now.

March 29, 2010 at 10:53 AM  
Blogger The Quintessential Magpie said...

Everything you post is fabulous, Michelle! I always walk away hungry, but with a smile on my face! :-)

XO,

Sheila

March 29, 2010 at 11:27 AM  
Blogger Gene said...

Love those photos! Makes me drool while I'm at work which is NOT nice at all!

Keep up the great work!

March 29, 2010 at 1:12 PM  
Blogger Noelle said...

YUm!! This looks fantastic!

March 29, 2010 at 1:13 PM  
OpenID biz319 said...

Michelle - that looks amazing! Next time I have people over I am making that dish!

I am so behind on my bread baking since our exchange student has been in town - hopefully I'll be able to bake this weekend!

Loving the weather!

March 29, 2010 at 3:40 PM  
Blogger Julie Harward said...

Oh YUM! And the bread sounds so good, I love green olives! :D

March 29, 2010 at 4:32 PM  
Blogger Joanne said...

That pasta is gorgeous! I love the color. that is definitely going on my to-make list for the next time I have a good part of a bottle of wine to use up.

Your foccaccia looks great! I really loved this recipe as well. One of my favorites yet!

March 29, 2010 at 4:50 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

The drunken pasta is so dramatic and elegant! Sounds like the olive spelt bread is a winner. I need to get my hands on some spelt flour.

March 29, 2010 at 5:58 PM  
Blogger The Duo Dishes said...

Love the red color of the pasta. It's one of those things that will keep people asking how, how how.

March 30, 2010 at 1:03 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

The red noodles look awesome but I need to try the bread. I've been counting WW oints and haven't made my bread this month. :(
But if this was the hubbys favorite, I dont want to miss it! :)

March 30, 2010 at 9:05 AM  
Blogger Cristie said...

Your pasta looks so inviting and the bread is beautiful. Can't wait to see how mine turns out, you gave yours such high marks I have great hope for mine.

March 30, 2010 at 11:02 AM  
Blogger Fresh Local and Best said...

Thanks for highlighting this recipe again. I forgot that I wanted to make this pasta as well. Will be trying soon.

March 30, 2010 at 2:38 PM  
Blogger teresa said...

this looks so unique and fun, i've never tried anything like it. the bread looks great too, i need to hurry and make mine!

March 30, 2010 at 8:05 PM  
Blogger Mimi said...

You always post such fabulous recipes. Both sound delicious and intriguing.
Mimi

March 31, 2010 at 12:44 AM  
Blogger Catherine said...

This looks wonderful Michelle!
Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

March 31, 2010 at 5:34 PM  
Blogger Ezzie said...

I can't wait to try the Olive oil spelt. Will do that next time. Your carrot bread looks wonderful!

March 31, 2010 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger Elwood said...

That focaccia looks so good. I used regular yogurt instead of greek. Greek seems like the way to go.

April 1, 2010 at 7:35 AM  
Blogger Kayte said...

I am going to need to try this pasta, it just is so beautiful in presentation and sounds delicious. Love all those bits you can see in the bread, it's like finding little gifts in there!

April 2, 2010 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger Brian + Cheryl B. said...

Michelle, I think that you should feature this meal again next year around Valentine's! Add a chocolate dessert and you definetly have a Valentinie type of meal!

April 3, 2010 at 9:32 AM  
Blogger Danielle said...

beautiful focaccia! I can't believe it's been this long since I've browsed my regular "haunts" (so sorry) and what a wonderful idea...drunken pasta...woulda thought?

April 19, 2010 at 11:54 PM  

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