Sunday, February 15, 2009

V-Day Feast Pt. 2: Winter Pasta with Rainbow Chard & Prosciutto

Hey Divas! For the main course of my V-Day Feast, I served Domestic Diva's Winter Pasta, a lovely mix of homemade parpardelle noodles, rainbow chard and prosciutto. For my noodles, I used the Naked Chef's recipe. He has great pasta recipes, too. See my Amazon store at the bottom of my blog for his cookbook! Here are some pictures of my noodles:

Note: If you don't want to make your own pasta, you can use store bought noodles. This dish is actually an awesome candidate for a whole wheat noodle! I love the Vita Spelt spaghetti noodles!

Domestic Diva's Winter Pasta:

1 box whole wheat pasta or homemade pasta
2 tbsp olive oil
1 shallot
2 cups chard chopped
8 slices prosciutto cut into small pieces
1/2 cup dry white wine
aged pamesan reggiano
salt and pepper


Boil a pot of water for the pasta, adding a little salt. Once the water is boiling, cook the pasta.

Meanwhile, in a saute pan over medium heat, add the shallot and cook until translucent (about 6 minutes). Then, add the chard, stirring until cooked down, about 5 minutes. Add the white wine and allow to reduce in half, about another 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Once the pasta is cooked, add it to the saute pan along with the prosciutto. Toss to combine and transfer to a plate.

Top it with the grated parmesan. I highly recommend investing in a microplane grater - see my Amazon store at the bottom of the page for the one I like. It creates a lovely, fine powedering of cheese for this dish!

Wine Notes:

With this dish, we drank a special bottle of 2006 Copain James Berry Vineyard! Copain is one of our favorite wineries in California, and this is their top of the line bottling. While still on the young side, this Syrah displayed lovely hints of blackberry, leather and earth. For such a youthful wine, it was amazingly smooth on the palate, with well-balanced acidity and not too much alcohol. I highly recommend checking out Copain!! Robert Parker scored this wine with 95 points, a very high rating.

The Diva and her Adorable Monster

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