So Easy to Cook-n-Toss, it’s “Fu-silly”!
Vince Turcott, one of my readers who resides in Hong Kong, was kind enough to send me this recipe from his own kitchen. I love featuring Guest Chefs! Vince said that he learned this “Three Cheese Pasta and Tomato Basil” recipe from his father. I am thrilled he is passing his father’s recipe to us.
I love the way there is no cooking the sauce, and the cooked pasta just melts right into the cheeses to make a creamy, hearty dish.
My kids LOVE fusilli so I threw the pun into the recipe. I named it “Pasta Pronto” because in Italian “pronto” means “ready”, and this pasta is ready quickly.
Since I am Italian I hope Vince won’t mind the title!
- 1 pound box fusilli
- 1-2 large, ripe tomatoes
- 1/4 cup good extra virgin olive oil
- large handful of fresh basil leaves
- 2-3 cloves freshly minced garlic
- 4-5 oz fresh chèvre cheese
- 3 oz feta cheese
- freshly grated Parmesan for top (1-2 ounces)
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Drop pasta in plenty of salted, boiling water, stir, bring to boil, and set timer according to package.
- Chop tomatoes finely and place into large serving bowl.
- Add chèvre cheese, feta cheese, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. (Vince uses lots of black pepper and chili flakes,) and stir to combine.
- *When pasta is done cooking, drain and add to cheese mixture and toss through. (Vince often uses his hands to mix!) Top tossed pasta with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
- Vince adds, “The chèvre & feta cheese will melt and combine with the ingredients into a wonderful creamy sauce when you add the hot, drained pasta to the bowl. Just toss it a bit (I often use my hands!) and serve, grinding Parmesan over the top to taste.”
*Renata tip: before draining pasta, always grab a coffee mug of water from the cooking “liquor” and reserve. When you mix your pasta, if it’s ever a little sticky, you can pour a tiny amount at a time into the mixed pasta and sass it up a bit, making it glisten and slippery.
I am making this dish on Thursday and will post a photo when it is finished.