I’m going to make this post short and sweet, because the point is a quick & easy dinner utilizing local, in-season ingredients, so you can utilize your precious time. The best part is, most of the work is already done for you in the form of Valicenti Organico pasta! This really isn’t much of a recipe, but rather an idea for dinner that may inspire you to come up with your own pasta dish with ingredients you already have on hand.
Valicenti Organico is a small producer in New Hampshire that grows their own tomatoes and herbs, as well as sources locally, to create delicious pastas and tomato sauces. They sell in farmer’s markets throughout the Boston to New Hampshire area, as well as a few retail spots. And they even offer gluten-free pasta now!
I recently got the ravioli with duck confit (duck slowly cooked in its own fat), ginger, and shiitakes (not gluten-free). Just boil water, add the frozen ravioli, and once they float cook for 1-2 more minutes. I had some beautiful chard from Maine on hand, as well as some Shady Oak Organics grey dove oyster mushrooms. I sauteed these in butter with some fresh scallions, also from the farmer’s market, and voila: with a bit more melted butter or olive oil, salt & pepper, dinner is ready!
I do need to revisit using my pasta machine. But in the mean time, I can always fall back on this delicious, local pasta. They have a huge variety of amazing flavors that really stretch my typical perception of what goes into a pasta dish, such as the Moroccan Braised Carrot & Chickpea, next on my list. Perhaps that would be good with some caramelized onion and Parmagiano. The arugula, sheep’s milk feta, and peppadew ravioli is also incredible (the only other one I’ve tried so far). You really don’t need to add much to these tasty pastas. Check out their website for more flavors and recipe ideas! If you’re not in the area, there’s likely some good, fresh pasta at your local farmer’s market (if you have one), or any grocery store.
What flavors might you try?