As pasta dishes go, this one is packed with lots of thrilling flavors. There’s plenty of veggie action from the chard, eggplant and mushrooms. A triple cheese combination of fresh mozzarella, Gorgonzola and Parmesan takes everything over to the top of the goodness meter.
4 Tbs olive oil
1 lb Swiss chard, trimmed, washed, and cut into 1-inch crosswise pieces
6 tiny (2- to 3-inch) eggplants, trimmed and cut diagonally into 1/2-inch slices
2 garlic cloves, sliced
2 large fresh wild mushrooms, sliced
1 lb orecchiette pasta
3 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup diced fresh mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
Coarse kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and sauté the Swiss chard for 2 minutes. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
2. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the skillet, heat, and sauté the eggplant and garlic for 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and sauté until browned, 7 to 9 minutes. Add the sautéed Swiss chard and cook for 1 minute longer.
3. While the vegetables are being sautéed, cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling water until tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and toss with 2 tablespoons of the extra-virgin olive oil.
4. Immediately toss the hot pasta with the mozzarella and Gorgonzola. Stir in the sautéed vegetables and season to taste. Top with Parmesan cheese and drizzle with additional extra-virgin olive oil, if desired. Serve immediately.
Serves 4 to 6
Recipe from The Martha Stewart Cookbook
What first caught my attention was the song title, as is commonly the case for me.
‘The Ugliest Girl In The World’
One would think you would be hearing about some unattractive beast. Not the case at all.
The singer loves his girl and lets us know she is pretty darn special.
“You never saw such a girl
You never met such a girl
You never knew such a girl could survive
But she’s more beautiful than anything
in this fucked up and Godforsaken world.”
‘The Ugliest Girl In The World’ is one of 11 thoughtful, bare to the bone tracks on the new album “America” by NJ-based artist Ben Lorentzen.