Saturday, 7 March 2009

Peanut Butter Pasta

To some folks peanut butter pasta is a dish as delectable as foie gras from a particularly persistently force-fed goose or perhaps even a tenderly steamed lobster.

Myself, I'd like to meet every single one of these people and give them a sloppy kiss, but sadly they're extremely few and very far between...Without a shadow of a doubt peanut butter pasta would be my death row meal, my wedding meal and if i was Jewish (and it didn't contain pig meat..) the main feature of my Bar Mitzvah buffet.

Aside from these superlatives I would also like to note that the dish in question is a great barometer for potential sweethearts, i.e. if they don't love it, could you ever really love them? I've come to the recent conclusion it's questionable.

Firstly and most importantly I would recommend choosing your pasta in much the same way that the blonde lady in Kill Bill hunts down her samurai sword - it's pretty important. I favour wholewheat penne. Another important decision is whether you'd like the humble version, involving spam, or a slightly healthier version featuring ham. If you're going with spam it's best to fry it up first, if ham just chuck it in with the peas.

After this crucial meditation you should get the sauce base up and running. Essentially just empty a tin of chopped tomatoes into a saucepan on mid-heat and add a couple of big spoons of peanut butter (always, always, extra crunchy...) it's better to put too much peanut butter in than too little. If you're feeling posh add some herbs - thyme's good! And if you're feeling athletic add some peas, it's best to do this when the sauce goes a sort of orange-y brown...

When everything's done just dollop the sauce onto a mound of pasta. Toothsome!

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