Monday, September 10, 2012

Carmela Soprano's Pastina with Ricotta

Eleven years ago our world really changed.
September 11, 2001 was also a Tuesday.
Everyone remembers where they were when the Towers were hit.
And feels a bit down.

This is a good time for some comfort food.


Carmela's chapter Feeding my Family is really becoming a favorite.
I'm so glad I bought Artie Bucco's The Sopranos Family Cookbook.
Even if some recipes lead to laughs in the meat department.
Well, what's wrong with a few laughs?

Pastina just means tiny pasta.
Usually it's in the shape of little stars or circles.
Perfect for a baby.
Or for anyone who could use a little babying.


Carmela even had a few words about Pastina with Ricotta.
She said it is healing food.
It's probably one of the first solids a baby has.
Easy to digest and not much to chew.
Perfect.


                        Pastina with Ricotta 

Serves 1 or 2

In a small pot place
4 Cups water
Bring to a boil.
Add
salt to taste
1/2 Cup pastina
Cook, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
Reserving some of the water, drain the pasta.
Place the pasta in a bowl.
Add
1/4 Cup ricotta
1 teaspoon butter
Mix well.
Add some of the cooking water if it seems dry.
Serve immediately.


Would I make Pastina with Ricotta again?
Yes.
Even when I'm not feeling sad. 

One recipe down.  Seventy-nine more to go.  

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