Sunday, December 5, 2010

Little Stars with Butter and Parmesan

 When I saw that Deb had cooked up some fun, simple pasta with Giada...I knew that I was going to invite her back into my kitchen this week to do more of the same.  I mean, this one would be impossible to mess up, right?  No lemon zest combined with hard boiled eggs.  No super sweet, uncooked frosting.  Even Teeth couldn't put an outrageous as in gross spin on tiny, little star-shaped pasta, could she?  The integrity and pure comfort factor of warm pasta tossed with soft butter and wisps of freshly grated Parmesan remains intact.  Although I think everybody in the house prefers a "bigger" noodle of sorts {quick, double eyebrow raise}, it's always fun to break away from the norm and eat cute little pastas in various shapes...it brings out the kid in the adults...and can't fail to touch your heart.  Giada and I seem to get along best when we stick to basics like pasta and polenta...and booze . I guess we were both winners this week. 
Little Stars with Butter and Parmesan
from Everyday Pasta by Giada De Laurentiis
makes ~4 (1/2 cup) servings
1 c. (~6 oz) Stelline (little star-shaped pasta) or other small pasta shapes
4 Tbs. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
~2 Tbs. unsalted butter, at room temp
sea salt
Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add  pasta and cook to al dente, stirring now and again to prevent pasta from sticking together, ~8 minutes, then drain. 
Toss hot pasta with butter and Parmesan, then add salt to taste.  I served with a bit of chopped parsley, for color.

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