Last two meals in August: Pasta with Vegetables, and Potato, Red Onion and Pecorino Pizza

With Farmers Markets on both Saturday and Sunday, the end of August was an opportunity to indulge in our favorite adventures — a meal replete with pasta and great vegetables one day, and Sarah and the family the next day for homemade pizzas.  I won’t bury you with details.  The pasta dish contained fresh green beans and zucchini, onions and garlic, cherry tomatoes and black olives, a top-notch Italian spaghetti, and a bottle of 2011 Michele Chiarlo Barbera d’Asti Le Orme, which was featured at a very good price at Panzano Market in Southboro.  This is a wine which I had once before, three years ago, on a visit to see Connie in Connecticut (see my blog for July 2011).  That one was vintage 2006, and I thought it was an exceptional value and quite delightful, so I had been on the lookout for it since then.

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We had a good visit here with Sarah and the whole family, doing the usual pizza dinner with the oven at full blast.  What was notable, though, for me was the pizza I made for myself.  No tomato sauce.  Instead, I chose to make one with:

  • Satina potatoes from the West Acton Market (Hungry Bear Farm), partially boiled, then sliced, placed on top of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • topped with small pieces of eggplant, pre-roasted in the hot oven, and
  • partially roasted red onion slices, and
  • Barbara’s caramelized onions, and
  • finished with grated fresh Pecorino cheese

I loved it!

potato, red onion and pecorino pizza

potato, red onion and pecorino pizza

potato, red onion and pecorino closeup

closeup of pizza topping


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