Posts Tagged ‘Pasta dishes’

Yesterday  I  made a Tuyo Pasta for dinner using a bottle of Gourmet Tuyo which our neighbor gave us  the other  night. Tuyo  is a salted   dried fish (usually herring)  or what we call salinas fish. In the Philippines, tuyo is considered as a poor man’s food because  it is cheaper among the dried fish being sold in the market but it has come a long way since it is now used in several  recipes.  It could be fired plain  or  bottled as a gourmet meal with olive oil and black sliced olives.

Instead of linguine or spaghetti noodles I made use of macaroni pasta, one green  bell pepper and carrots.  Topped with grated cheese it is a yummy dish. You won’t need to add so much salt to the dish since tuyo is salty but it compliments the  macaroni pasta.

Tuyo Pasta

This is actually my first time to make  Gourmet Tuyo pasta since a bottle  is quite expensive. Mom and Josef loved it. I think it even tasted better than the Spanish sardines in oil which I usually use when I don’t want tomato sauce or ground pork/beef  in our pasta dishes.  (more…)

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Sometimes I crave for pasta dishes in lieu of regular rice. Nothing fancy, just using ingredients which are available in the fridge.  Dicing half a loaf of Spam Turkey and six small Vigan longganisa (they taste more garlicky than your ordinary longganisa in the market), onion, one red bell pepper and one medium-sized carrot was easy enough.  Sprinkle some dried herbs before baking. I used four-cheese Spaghetti sauce and 400 grams of shell macaroni pasta.  I baked it in the oven long enough to melt the cheese on top.


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There are many ways to cook pasta.  My daughter and I have tried so many variations of pasta dishes using different kinds of sauces that sometimes we just invent.  There are as many list of pasta which you can choose from – from the ordinary spaghetti pasta that we are familiar with to the foreign sounding Italian names like fusilli, conchiglioni, farfalle, penne  to name a few. Among our comfort food, pasta is on top of the list. My son prefers it cooked the Filipino way, a little sweet while my daughter and I even use simple ingredients like tomatoes, parsley, canned tuna,  deboned chicken breast or ground pork.  Two days ago, a friend from our Catholic group came over for a chat and the easiest dish to prepare is of course pasta. I have left-over Chorizo de Bilbao which I bought before Christmas to make Callos and a 200 gram pack of bacon. I thought of preparing Penne Arrabbiata  but I was not sure if my friend like something hot and spicy, so the option was,  prepare it with fresh tomatoes, parsley and  I added the stick of Chorizo de Bilbao, cut into thin slices and bacon.

I don’t measure when it comes to cooking except those recipes which need precise measurement. When cooking pasta dish, using olive oil makes it more flavorful. It was a hit with the family and my friend.  The chorizo made all the difference.

I paired it with chicken curry and some left-over-veggies from the ref.  Sometimes we only need to be a little resourceful when it comes to using ingredients that are normally not included in the recipe. Don’t be afraid to experiment because in doing so, you’ll never know what you’ll come up with – something delish and yummy!

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