French Spaghetti

 

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I’ll admit it.  The variety of pasta available in France surprised me.  In hindsight, that seems foolish, but there it is.  I just didn’t think of France as a pasta-loving country.  Wow, was I ever wrong!  Consider the variety of dried pastas available in a typical French market:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhile I was surprised by the wall-o-pasta, Half-Pint was just plain delighted.  “Noodles!” He spotted with glee.  It didn’t take long for Half-Pint to wear me down… sure, we’ll have “pa-sketti” tonight.  🙂  All we need are a few fresh vegetables, thin cuts of beef, a bit of mild cheese, and yes, spaghetti noodles.  Join us for a simple, if slightly surprising, dinner in France!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIngredients (serves 4)

1 pound dried pasta

1/2 pound beef, sliced in wafer thin (1/4 inch or thinner) strips

sea salt

black pepper

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 small onion

4 cloves garlic

4 ripe tomatoes

2 ounces mild white cheese

1 teaspoon herbes de provence

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADirections

Step 1) Dice onion and saute in olive oil over medium heat until onions are almost translucent. Add garlic and beef strips. Sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper.

Step 2) Quickly brown the beef strips on both sides – this should take no longer than 1 minute per side.

Step 3) Remove beef strips from pan and set aside.  Add tomatoes, chopped, and saute with onions and garlic over medium heat for about 3 minutes, until tomatoes just begin to dissolve.  Return beef to the pan and stir gently to coat beef with tomato juices.  Remove pan from heat.

Step 4) Spoon tomato sauce and beef strips over pasta which has been cooked al dente (slightly chewy). Top pasta, beef, and sauce with thin slices of mild white cheese.  Sprinkle crushed herbes de provence over the entire dish. Serve immediately, preferably with a green salad and red wine.  Enjoy!

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