Saturday, September 30, 2006

Recipe: Ditalini Rigati

Ditalini, meaning little thimbles, are basically 1/4" long, ridged macaroni.

Ditalini Rigati
8 ounces Ditali
An eggplant
2 zucchini, diced
1/2 an onion, minced
2 ounces slivered almonds
1 quart simmering broth
2 potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
A walnut-sized chunk of unsalted butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste
Freshly ground coriander to taste

  • Peel and dice the eggplant, salt the pieces, and put them in a colander in the sink for an hour, during which time the salt will draw out the bitter juices; rinse the pieces, pat them dry, and blend them briefly.
  • Sauté the minced onion in the olive oil and butter, and when it begins to turn golden add the eggplant, zucchini, and almonds; cook for a few minutes, then add the hot broth and the potatoes.
  • Continue simmering, checking the seasoning after a few minutes, until the vegetables are just about done, then add the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally lest the pieces stick to the bottom.
  • When the pasta is cooked check seasoning again, stir in a pinch of coriander, and serve.

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