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Pancetta thing.. 
Jun. 26, 2012 4:32 pm 
Updated: Jun. 27, 2012 7:35 pm
So, I finally made the pancetta thing.  I tried to recreate what I had at Rainforest Cafe and after swimming through tons of suggestions, here's what I came up with. I'd like to submit this but I can't decide what this is- so read on and send me your suggestions. Whatever it ends up being, it was really good.

I browned a package of pancetta in a little olive oil and just before I was going to turn off the heat, I added some chopped garlic. I scooped them out, laid them on a papertowel to drain then move the pan off the heat.

In a larger bowl, I combined chopped basil, chopped grape tomatoes, minced chives, some olive oil and a little black pepper. I knew the pancetta would round out the needed salt element. I dumped the pancetta garlic stuff into the bowl with the veggies, then stirred to coat. I meant to, but forgot to, add in toasted pinenuts. Next time.

I set that bowl aside while I boiled some water. We had the pancetta stuff with rigatoni last night but I think in the future, I will serve it with mini-penne instead.  So, once the past was cooked, I scooped out a little pasta water and added it to my mix bowl. I then drained the pasta, added it to the mixture and stirred it all up.

I put it on our plates, added some grated parmesan on top and served it with arugula and Gorgonzola salad and toasted asiago filone.  The family declared it a winner!! 
Jun. 26, 2012 7:59 pm
That sounds so good! Im not terribly creative with names, but I'd call it Pancetta Pasta. I am a big fan of meals that come together like this.
Jun. 27, 2012 7:35 pm
I'm the same way with naming conventions! Do you think its original enough to send it for posting?
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Running at top speed mama to two, I love to write and cook. My blog focuses on cooking stories tied into life with my wild ones. I'm passionate about my wonderful children, husband, Siamese cat and coming soon puppy. I'm also an avid deleter of spam so enjoy!!
My favorite things to cook
PIZZA! Macaroni and Cheese, pesto carbonara, homemade wontons, egg rolls, spaghetti, tuna croquettes and PIZZA!.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every year when we decorate our Christmas tree, I serve fried rice balls with marinara sauce. Over the last couple of years, I've developed a tradition of serving a taco bar on New Years eve night.
My cooking triumphs
The first time I made bulgogi marinade for my husband. He'd not had it before and raved about the meat after he grilled it.
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The night I was making homemade wontons and due to humidity, they all decided to stick to each other. Wonton balls, anyone?
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