Cooking with Klaus – Penne Parmigiano & Balsamic and Olive Oil Italian Dressing

Ingredients pasta (for 4 people)

1.5 pounds penne pasta, dried
½ cup fresh parmesan, shaved (use a knife to
shave the parmesan)
2 cups cream
2 tablespoons green pesto
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ tablespoon minced garlic
½ teaspoon salt for boiling pasta
¼ teaspoon ground white or black pepper


Boil the pasta in salted water. Cook the pasta until it is ¾ done, a bit more than al dente. This is going to be probably around 8 minutes. Strain noodles from boiling water. In a skillet heat olive oil on medium heat. Add pasta and cream and let simmer for 3-4 minutes. Add pesto and parmesan. Let this simmer for 1-2 minutes, then add salt and pepper to taste.
You can serve this with a nice ciabatta bread and tossed salad with balsamic and olive oil dressing for a nice quick meal.

Ingredients dressing (for 4 people)

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons good quality extra virgin olive oil
4 tablespoons water
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon white pepper
½ – ¼ teaspoon sugar
½ cup finely diced red or purple onions
Fresh basil to taste
Mix all ingredients and drizzle on salad. Extra Virgin Olive Oil is made by only using the pressure of the stones pressing on the olives to extract the olive oil. No heat is involved. This takes hours. If heat is used to extract the oil you, then it is robust olive oil.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did when doing that meal last time

See you next time!

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