Red Pepper Creamy Pasta

Recipes

About 8 years ago I tasted something wonderful at my grandma’s house.

I searched for that flavour, for that pasta, everywhere I went; even on my trip to Italy I searched it. The thing was that the only information I had was that it was an orange sauce, I had no Ideas it was made from red peppers, until now. And I am so very excited to share this recipe with you, my wonderful discovery!

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This pasta has some wonderful traits, first and most importantly, it’s literally the pasta of my dreams, so it´s got to be good. Secondly, a perfect pasta for a hot summer day, for lunch, for dinner, for a barbeque, for anything, anytime. And last, but not least, this pasta is perfectly fresh and creamy. Basil + red peppers + cheese + pasta = everything you ever wanted in your plate.

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Well, I want to apologize for not being active lately, but my other grandmother (not the pasta one) just came to live with us and my house has given some spins, but…. I am back now! Get ready for some classics from her old recipe book. But, anyways, hello again.

 

ROASTED RED PEPPER PASTA

prep time: 40 minutes-1 hour          level: medium

Ingredients

  • 2 red peppers
  • 2 challots
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups of grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup of half and half
  • 4 tbsp stick of butter
  • a bunch of basil leaves

 

Instructions

  1. Put the red peppers in baking sheet, drizzle a bit of olive oil and place in a 300 F oven. Let them roast for 30. minutes, until the peel starts to get black.
  2. While the peppers are roasting, caramelize the garlic clove and the shallots by placimg them in the stove on medium heat with 2 tbsp olive oil for about ten minutes, stir casually, until they get brownish. 
  3. Put a large pot with water to boil, and cook the pasta as instructed in the package.
  4. While the shallots caramelize and the peppers roast, grate the Parmesan cheese.
  5. Remove the chalotes and garlic from the heat.
  6. Take the red peppers out off the oven and wrapped them in aluminium foil for 5 minutes. Then remove the skin, be careful, they will be very hot.
  7. In a blender, blend the peppers, shallots, garlic, salt and pepper.
  8. In a pan, warm the half and half And melt the butter, then add the grated Parmesan cheese until it mixes completely. After that, add it to the previously blended mixture and mix until a homogeneous sauce is made.
  9. Chop the basil.
  10. Pour the sauce over the pasta and add the basil.
  11. Enjoy!

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Mexico City: Italian food beauty

Places

I hate Italian food

Said no one EVER. That Sunday I said I wasn´t in the mood for Italian, how foolish of me. Prosecco is one of the great Italian restaurants in Mexico. The variety of the menu, the beautiful concept of the place, it was wonderful.

We went from restaurant to restaurant, with our suitcases in hand, because we didn´t have a reservation. We waited, but got at spot at this beautiful Italian restaurant, after we were given our table, my grandparents arrived (with a super tan, by the way). I was in love with the tomato and the lemon in the center, a lovely, healthy, tasty, Italian idea.

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My family is big and tall, so we order big and good.

We enjoyed the tuna Carpaccio and the octopus and potato, and the best of all, the mixed antipasto. It had prosciutto Mortadella, Salamino, Asiago Cheese, Taleggio, pecans, marmalade… delicious.

 

I strongly suggest no to order the Portobello Carpaccio, it was too acid and the texture of the mushrooms wasn´t good.

Salads weren´t a big deal, feel no regret if you avoid them to order something else.

My brother order pizza, and I had to beg him for a tiny, tiny piece, it was beautiful. Literally the flavor was alluring.

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I order gnocchi in tomato sauce with mushrooms. I just want to mention that those gnocchi are the best I have ever tasted, and I have gone to some fancy restaurants in Italy. They were puffy, it’s hard to use words to describe the great texture, and they were somehow “hard” on the outside and soft inside, beauty, simple mouth beauty. The sauce wasn´t “that” good, but the gnocchi stole the show.

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 My grandpa and my dad devoured the arrabbiata penne pasta, so I guess it was good. I didn´t have the chance to try it! My grandmother order the risotto with taleggio cheese and truffle, this one was too a wonderful plate.

Then came the best part, desert. I have had better dessert in my life, but I still recommend everything, but if you can´t order everything went for

  1. The chocolate cake with asparagus ice cream (yes, this was a very weird taste)

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2. Tiramisu, the mascarpone was mouth drooling, you could taste it in every bite. It needed a bit more of coffee, but, you can´t have everything, can you?

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3. Banana and Nutella Calzone. It was fun to cut and chocolaty and fresh to enjoy.

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So if you are in Mexico City, and want to try an incredible and contemporary Italian restaurant, visit Prosecco.

FINAL GRADE

pros: fun version of italian, great main courses

cons: they gave all of us the wrong plates, the waiters were confused

price: $$$

stars: 4

Remeber: never miss a chance to eat, and pack your fork werever you go.

TECHO: a house building – life experience

Events

As you probably have noticed, I haven´t been very active lately; that because exams and some activities have kept me very occupied. Yet, this weekend was worth every second.
I participated with an organization called TECHO, with which we (80 students from my school) built 10 houses for the poorest families in our state. 

My cuadrilla (group) was made up of my friends and 2 older girls, and with the leaders of the group we were were 5 girls and 5 boys (I believe we were the best team).
We got there at 8 am on Saturday, we made the foundations for the house. It was raining and we needed to dig about 50 cm to put the wood “bricks” that are to hold the entire house. That was exhausting. 


We ate with the family. Karen, the women getting the house, made beans with sausage and rice. While we ate, Miguel Angel, the future house owner, talked to us about his “past life”, how, before finding God, he was a drunk, cheater and even, once, killed a man. I was speechless.

We also had a great time with the family´s kids; we played with plastic cars, and mud “rain”.

The day ended and we were really tired, but happy, very happy of the incredible experience. We slept in the government’s building, where we had dinner and breakfast.

The next day was the fun part. We hammered the floor, which was super fun.

Then we did the walls and roof of the house. This is the coolest thing I’ve done in years.

We ate, again, with the family, they made us some chilly dogs.Then the boys got 20 pesos, which is about one dollar and twenty five cents, which I think, after seeing their mother´s face while handing the bill to the kids, was a lot of money for them. After the kids came back, with no change, and a bag full of junk food, her face seemed as one from a ghost. Nevertheless, the kids, both 6 and 2 years old, offered us chips and cookies before even trying them themselves. That generosity was simply astonishing to me.

The moment we finished the house and inaugurated it, we felt happy, but the family, they were joyous, they look as if that one day was the best of their lives.

I´ll avoid the names, for terms of privacy, of course, but I also learnt A LOT from my team members.

1. Girls can be strong and powerful.

2. Boys do think puppies are cute, but some are afraid to show it.

3. You might me quiet, but have a playful heart.

4. Fun and smart do go together.

5. Sarcasm rules.

6. Sweet girls CAN build houses

7. There is nothing compared to team work

I learnt that family and friends are very, very important and how we should value something as simple as our floor or that our home as running water. JUST BE THANKFUL, BEACUESE TODAY SOME KIDS ARE HAPPY THEY GOT A NEW PAIR OF USED SHOES.