I don’t even know why I kept the title of this recipe being ‘cacio e pepe’, which is supposed to be pasta with freshly ground pepper and parmesan. When I first made this dish, I pretty much intended to make exactly that. Keep it simple and stripped down! I am sure it’s delicious, but something inside of me just wasn’t in the mood to eat a dish of only pasta and cheese. I figured I would throw in a few handfuls of baby Kale, some pine nuts for crunch and a few chilli flakes for some heat. In the end, it was delicious. The kale certainly didn’t make the dish feel any healthier but I always like the taste and a bit of variation in texture in the bowl. Either way, whatever you choose to call it, this pasta is a ridiculously easy, unbelievably tasty dish.
As much as I love experimenting in the kitchen, sometimes you just need to eat. Fast. However, more often than not, I still want a nice warm meal that I won’t regret 10 minutes after eating it. The other night was a night just like that one and I went through my mental account of what we had in the fridge. Leeks. Carrots. Cherry Tomatoes. Tofu. I started trying to put together a meal in my mind, when I thought, forget it, a bowl of pasta is all that I want. For some reason, I always feel like pasta is a cop out. Before I took my interest in cooking seriously, pasta was on the menu easily 4 times a week. It is warm, comforting, filling and easy. But, I think I have to get over it, because sometimes pasta is just the right thing.