A blogging friend of mine, Glennis, with whom I have cooked and baked in various groups these past 2-3 years, decided to cook her way through Giuliano Hazan's Thirty Minute Pasta book, and is putting together a little group called Thirty Minute Thursdays .
She is a busy lady, working full time, caring for her husband, and she loves to cook, likes fresh ingredients, and doesn't always have a lot of time.
Giuliano Hazan is Marcella Hazan's son, a chef and cookbook author himself, who has the additional credentials of growing up eating at Marcella's table, the Italian cookbook/food maven, and cooking beside her all these years. Sounded like a fine idea to me.
Mark's brother Phil and his wife Mary Ann gave the book to me for Christmas, I spent the next day reading it from cover to cover, and am joining Glennis, hoping to cook from this book once a week for my pasta-loving guys. Glennis is posting on Thursdays, but I already have CEiMB on Thursdays, so I'm going to sneak it in on Wednesdays, at least that's the plan now. Feel free to join in, you choose your own recipe each week.
Tonight I made Linguine with a Pink Shrimp Sauce, page 100. Will definitely be making this one again. And again. And again. It was easy, came together in the 30 minute time frame, and was just delicious.
Ingredient list: shrimp (I also used some scallops I had as I didn't have quite the amount of shrimp I needed for the recipe), garlic, olive oil, tomato paste, dry white wine, salt & pepper, linguine, parsley, and cream. (Also subbed out the parsley for basil as I grabbed the wrong herb and chopped it up before I realized. Oh, well, herbs can sub in for one another quite often around here.)
If you like the looks and sounds of it, buy the book as I am a believer in encouraging people to support the authors who put together these fabulous books by buying a copy, so you won't find the recipes posted from this book here. (Buy it, the recipes are easy, the ingredients are easy to locate, it's not pricey, and there are photos of almost all the recipes.)