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I’ve Been Making Jamie Oliver’s Recipe – Baked Orecchiette – 4 Years Now!

Some blog readers say they just look at my picture of the day and don’t bother reading what I write. They are “visual”.

The saying that a picture is worth a thousand words is debatable some days.   The number varies.  On Thursday, a freshly pressed blogger suggested using photos you find on blogs to inspire writing and mentioned my blog as a resource which was flattering.  I love the idea of my photos being a writing prompt.

The New York City sidewalk image of the pizza box and the pair of shoes was a recent example that triggered some one-sentence short story writing!

Today’s post is experimenting with a new feature- distraction free writing- initiated by smart people at wordpress.com I’m checking it out even if everyone stopping by is just looking at the photo of the day!

This baked pasta recipe was in the newspaper more than four years ago and I have been making it ever since.  I haven’t looked at the recipe in a long time but decided to search my email and the year 2007 came up.   I also discovered the author of the recipe was Jamie Oliver. Four years ago I didn’t even know who Jamie Oliver was.  Since it is his recipe I will send you to his page to find it and he calls it baked pasta with tomatoes and mozzarella (pasta al forno con pomodori e mozzarella)

My mother always said to buy the best ingredients and do as little to them as possible.  The best ingredients you need are fresh mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (no green-can-shaker-cheese!).

You can make the sauce in about twenty minutes and use the best quality San Marzano tomatoes just as he suggests.  I’ve made it with fresh tomatoes, too.

This photograph was taken in my daughter-in-law’s (and son’s) kitchen.  My son says don’t call the pasta “little ears” (orecchiette) as it grosses him out. “Call it pasta. Just plain pasta.”   The four grandchildren call it pizza noodles!

And if there are any leftovers, it tastes even better the next day.


Comfort food.
Different choices
for different people
and occasions.
Chilly and rainy?
Bake and cook.
Eat!

Baked Pasta Using Orecchiette Shape Pasta- Fresh Mozzarella-Fresh Basil

My favorite comfort food is baked pasta. Add salad, garlic bread and a glass of red wine.

14 responses

  1. W. Keith McManus

    OK, now this is what I call a worthwhile subject for photography…

    May 20, 2011 at 12:21 am

    • So I finally got it right. Let’s eat!

      May 20, 2011 at 12:23 am

  2. Toni

    As soon as I saw the words – baked pasta – I knew I was going to like it!!! Looks like a cook book picture!!! Yum!!!!
    By the way – I like the words and picture!

    May 20, 2011 at 6:42 am

  3. laura

    I love when you make this recipe!
    And I love that the kids call it pizza noodles

    May 20, 2011 at 7:28 am

  4. Sue Reinfeld

    I love to eat, so I consider all food comfort food. This looks exceptionally comfortable.

    May 20, 2011 at 8:04 am

  5. Looks amazing!

    May 20, 2011 at 8:13 am

  6. erica

    love the comment by Sue: I love to eat so I call all food comfort food!!! Me, too!!! AIt also explains some things ….. :-)

    May 20, 2011 at 9:32 am

  7. Vincie

    Mmmmm. I can smell the wonderful aroma!

    May 20, 2011 at 10:08 am

  8. amy

    Looks so yummy!

    May 20, 2011 at 10:43 am

  9. Sally

    You’ve always been such a great cook – the picture of the pasta is a masterpiece!!

    May 20, 2011 at 10:52 am

  10. Hootie

    I remember when you gave me this recipe a few years ago.I made it back then and it was so tasty. It is such a satisfying to eatwhen you are hungry for pasta. I lost the recipe.Now I can make it again. Thanks.

    May 20, 2011 at 12:44 pm

  11. Comfort food indeed, and I say when you find a good recipe you stick with it.:)

    May 21, 2011 at 10:44 pm

  12. I am coming to YOUR house for some comfort food too!

    May 22, 2011 at 10:16 pm

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