― Hidekaz Himaruya, Hetalia: Axis Powers
I rarely ever buy pasta in restaurants, since principally; it can be made so easily at home for just a fraction of its dine out cost…It always seems like such a shame to spend money on pasta that could otherwise have been a giant made-for-you pizza, or just something else that’s not so easily ‘home-makeable’.
However, if this ricotta and spinach filled pasta were somehow listed on a restaurant menu, then I would have truly no choice but to snap it up in heartbeat …
And could you blame me?
Except: there is no restaurant around here anyway would be able to re-create this kind of deliciousness…this plate represents a whole new level of personalized, pasta paradise…
I am already a dedicated sucker for any dish that is amazing purely because of the way that the ingredients have been thrown together. And like so, a no fuss, 15 minute dinner with absolutely zero prep after one seriously long day= exactly my kind of thing.
“The promise of carbohydrates makes me deeply emotional.”
― Katie Graykowski, Perfect Summer
Maybe I cheated, and maybe I didn’t – But I get pasta points for the imagination anyway; Italy has gone nuts…
And P.S: one single block of Goats cheese is worth a thousand and one words in itself:
And macadamia nuts are 100% the cherry on top:
I can’t really write up a recipe for this post. I mean, the tortellini was pre-packaged and the (jar) sauce was far from being homemade and fresh – but I do feel that this leaves lots of pockets for taste enhancement with future attempts! Meanwhile, the emphasis here is meant to be on the sheer blend of crunchy, salted macadamias with the creamy goat’s cheese and, of course, – the basil-based and starchy, tomato goodness laying within…
And also, can you believe that I met a guy who was afraid of tomatoes earlier today? He had a funny way of expressing his fear too. The whole conundrum went something like this:
Table 17 ordered poached eggs on toast; but table 17 didn’t realize that poached eggs are served with a complimentary tomato…
Table 17’s order then arrives at table 17, but Mr 17’s eyes bulge at the sight of the juicy red, freshly grilled tomato accompanying his yolks and toast. Ahem –Table 17 didn’t warn me of his lil phobia…Next thing, Table 17 is squirming in his booth as the plate nears him; he begins to explicitly freak out. By the time table 17’s breakfast has hit the table, Mr 17 shrieks “Get rid of them! Remove them! I hate tomatoes!” His hands were in the air and his face was becoming increasingly desperate –
“I HAD NO IDEA THAT THIS DISH CAME WITH TOMATOES!” Before long, he finally calmed down and was welcomed back to reality with a tomato-less plate of egg (served by a confused me) – because apparently, you can’t just appreciate the culinary gesture by leaving the poor old tomato aside in silence…Table 17 turned out to be one baffling bundle of amusement.
What is life without tomatoes? No pasta, no pizza, no ketchup…no tomato. With anything! Without tomatoes, this macadamia dish wouldn’t be able to look so photogenic…
Tomato love <3
The bottom line is that: Nuts added to filled pasta = a match made in heaven. This taste satisfaction can be enhanced with heaps of creamy coats cheese; a nice tomato sauce and, perhaps some spinach if your fridge is (still) screaming at you to get rid of it…Imagine the possibilities with other cheeses, nuts and veg…I also feel like this could work nicely with a pesto/pesto cream cheese in lieu of the tomato sauce! (Food for thought if you have issues like Mr 17).
Try it soon! It takes literally 10-15 minutes to make, if not less. And if you don’t like nuts (or tomatoes), then you are missing out big time…
Have a great week!
P.S. I have the most immense carrot cake recipe coming soon! Check out my instagram for a sneak peak 😉 #tripledecker – I am so excited to share it with you all!