This pasta recipe is a perfect dish to serve in December with its red and green color theme, don’t you agree? It’s also a lighter meal, which is most likely a welcome sight after so many hearty and heavy dishes this time of year.
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After the fabulous response to my last Lagostina pastaiola set giveaway, Lagostina contacted me to ask if I’d like to do another giveaway. Well, of course you know what I responded, but I also managed to have them include a beautiful 12″ copper martellata skillet which means this time there will be TWO winners!
CONTEST HAS ENDED!
Disclosure: Lagostina provided me with a pastaiola set and 12″ copper martellata skillet in exchange for recipe development, along with another pasta pot and skillet to give away to two of my readers. All opinions are always my own.
I’m really getting spoiled with my Lagostina pots and pans because they are really so enjoyable to cook with! Do you know the feeling when use something that is just so well made and the quality is so much better than what you’re used to? It’s sort of how I felt when we rented an Alfa Romeo in Italy one year. I’d never sat in a driver’s seat that actually felt like it was custom made for me. And driving that beauty–wow! Yes, it also happens to be Italian-made, but what can I say? Made in Italy rather speaks for itself, no?
This pastaiola set isn’t from the martellata line, but is the same, shape and quality. Isn’t it beautiful? The set comes with two lovely wooden pasta tools: one to measure spaghetti, or similarly shaped pasta and the other is a pasta spoon.
When I went to visit my parents in September, I brought my mother this same pot and she has since fallen in love with it. The other day, she told me that it’s perfect for ravioli, because the built in colander allows the ravioli to be drained without having to be moved from the pot, which always resulted in some burst ravioli. I countered with, “It’s also perfect for gnocchi!” for the same reason: no dumping from the pot into the colander making the gnocchi become mushy. I bet you’d love it too.
I used both pieces to make this egg pasta dish, so let’s get to it and then you can enter to win one of these gorgeous, quality pieces of cookware that still has evidence of craftsmanship in its design.
Egg Pasta with Avocado and Cherry Tomatoes
original recipe by Christina Conte
serves 2 to 3
- 8 oz of egg pasta (or pappardelle)
- 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (plus more)
- 1 or 2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
- chopped parsley, as desired
- 1 to 2 cups of cherry or grape tomatoes
- 1 large or two small, ripe avocados, cut into cubes
- salt and pepper
- parsley to garnish
Bring water to a boil in the pastaiola, add salt and then cook the pasta as directed on the package.
While the pasta is cooking, put the olive oil in the skillet over medium high heat, along with the garlic and parsley.
Turn the heat up, and add the tomatoes, cooking for just a few minutes to blister them, but not to cook them into a sauce.
Drain the pasta, reserving the water in the pot.
Add the pasta to the tomatoes in the skillet, with some chopped parsley, about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of pasta water and a generous drizzle of olive oil. Toss to combine all the ingredients.
Lastly, add the chopped avocado very gently, as we want to keep the avocado from getting creamed into the pasta.
Serve immediately and top with more chopped parsley and grated cheese if desired.
Although this is a great dish to serve during Christmastime, serve it year round, because you can’t beat a fresh, healthy and delicious meal that comes together in under 15 minutes, right? Buon appetito!
And now for the giveaway! The Rafflecopter entry method can be a bit confusing if you’ve never used it before. Answer this question in the comment section BELOW the Rafflecopter box (do not try to comment inside the box, as it will not work).
Which Lagostina piece would you like to win? The pastaiola set or the 12″ skillet?
Once you’ve commented, go to the Rafflecopter box and click on “I commented”, which will give you your entry and unlock other ways to earn more entries. Good luck!
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