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Adapted from Mark Bittman's recipe for Pasta with Leeks and Parsley, which I found in the Epicure section of 'The Age', a Melbourne newspaper, but which apparently first appeared in the 'New York Times'. Such is our global village! I'm posting this as an Australian recipe, since it appeared in an Australian newspaper, for the 2005 Zaar World Tour. Mark Bittman's comments on this recipe are "Pre-cooking the garlic and chillies in olive oil is a classic Roman treatment. What you want is to brown, not burn, the garlic, so that it and the chillies heavily flavour the oil. Once that's done, so is most of the work; just cook the leeks until soft, and when they're about halfway there, start cooking the pasta. I add red capsicum or tomato, mostly for colour; although neither is really necessary. Finally, reserve a little of the pasta cooking liquid in case the sauce is too dry. That, plus a handful of parsley, completes the dish." When I made this, I omitted the chillies (personal taste preference), and I increased the garlic, added handful of baby spinach leaves and added cumin and pine nuts. Like most pasta recipes, this is one you can play around with a lot.
Units: US | Metric
Serving Size: 1 (288 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4