Thursday, November 11, 2010

Kid at Heart – Giada’s Sciue Sciue

Our theme over at I Heart Cooking Clubs this week is “Kid at Heart”. When I first started thinking about what I wanted to make, I was steering toward chocolate and other sweets. But then...I remembered.

When I was a kid, I did not care for chocolate. I know....I was a strange little child. And its not like I wouldn’t eat chocolate or didn’t enjoy candy, but it was never the first thing I was drawn to as a kid. (My mom is sitting in her chair, nodding her head and thinking that I was switched at birth.)

Here’s how it would go down at my kitchen table. We’d eat supper. Usually something like a pork roast or spaghetti. Always with a vegetable (or two) on the side; salad and peas, maybe corn.... We didn’t have dessert every night, but it wasn’t unusual, either. But, I digress. We would finish eating supper and move on to dessert...and my Mom and Dad and sister would all move on to the sweet stuff.... and I would reach for the bowl with the rest of the peas in it...or another helping of spaghetti....

My mother sometimes wonders how she gave birth to me.

So, naturally, when I was reminiscing about my childhood dinner table, it occurs to me that the kid inside me wouldn’t automatically pick Giada’s Chocolate She would ask for pasta. And not just any pasta, not when Giada is in the kitchen with me.

Its gotta be Sciue Sciue.

(Now my mother is truly confused)

This is not a dish I had growing up, but I discovered it years ago when I first became entranced by Everyday Italian. One of the simplest pasta dishes ever, and made with kids in mind (well, except maybe my completely irreverent picky eater of a son) using pastina; any little short cut pasta you have, but in my case, Ditalini.

This is the first pasta dish I ever served to my Little Man. And he loved it (you know, until he was introduced to the Blue Box and its neon orange contents, and never turned back).
And so, for the kid in my heart...and the child OF my heart....Giada’s Sciue Sciue pasta. A quick, light yet hearty, and flavorful bowl of goodness that I can throw together almost any night of the week, just from my fridge and pantry. It just doesn’t get much better than that.

This is my submission for I Heart Cooking Clubs this week, as well as for Presto Pasta Nights.

REMINDER! Don’t forget that you have until November 19 (That’s only a week away, folks!) to submit your dishes to The Bacon Games!
Giada’s Sciue Sciue (Little Thimbles)
1 1/2 cups ditalini (thimble-shaped pasta)
1/4 cup olive oil (I just used a couple of tablespoons. No need to go overboard)
2 teaspoons minced garlic (I add some minced onion or shallot)
5 plum tomatoes, chopped (about 1 pound – I used a container of lovely little grape tomatoes)
8 ounces cold fresh mozzarella cheese, drained, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
8 large fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped (straight from my freezer!)

1 Boil up a large saucepan of salted water. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still al dente (firm to the bite), stirring often to prevent sticking. This takes about 8 minutes. Drain.

2 Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute. Be careful not to burn.

3 Add the tomatoes and saute just until heated through, about 2 minutes. Add the cooked, drained pasta.

4 Remove skillet from heat. Add the cheese and basil and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt.

**Notes: when I make this, just after sautéing the tomatoes, I add about a half a cup of white wine to the pan and let it cook down a bit. This is best served straight from the pan while the cheese still has some body to it. I made this last night while Daddy was out hunting, and put the leftovers in the fridge for another use. This weekend Ginny is coming out for our annual Holiday Candy making fest, and the rest of this pasta will make a fabulous frittata for breakfast Saturday morning! Stay tuned for that post!


Joanna said...

This sounds great! I love quick dishes like this, and would probably eat it straight from the pan :P

Julie said...

I've never heard of sciue sciue, but I'd love to make it just so we could all try to pronounce. Really does look scrumptious :)

Kim said...

Definitely best eaten straight from the pan when the cheese has just melted. This looks like all kinds of deliciousness. Great pick!

I'm working on something with bacon for the week coming up.

girlichef said...

Fun little pasta is always sure to please the kid inside :D This sounds pretty tasty! And Whaaaa!? didn't like chocolate!? LOL!

Ruth Daniels said...

Lovely dish. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights. I'm with you - dessert for me was (and still is) second helpings from the main course - preferrably the proteins!

Couscous & Consciousness said...

I have never heard of Sciue Sciue before, but I absolutely adore simple pasta dishes like this. Definitely one to make sometime soon :-)

Debinhawaii said...

This looks perfect. I have part of a box of ditalini left and this looks like the perfect use for it. ;-)

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

This does look so good! I remember seeing her make it on tv. Way better than that box! :-)

The Food Hunter said...


Krista said...

This looks wonderful! These days I love chocolate, but I didn't become an addict until sometime in college. I'd always reach for seconds when it came to steak or seafood, though, happy to skip dessert. Enjoy your visit with Ginny. Since your husband is hunting, can we expect some venison posts in the future?

Helen said...

Thanks for taking part in PPN.

The round up is now finally up! Sorry for the delay!


Ty'sMommy said...

Julie - just say "shway shway" :)

Girlichef - Now come on, I didn't say I didn't LIKE chocolate, I just PREFERRED my veggies and carbs!

Krista - oh noooo I don't think you want THESE recipes! lol Deer season doesn't start (fire firearms hunters) until this coming weekend. Friday was opening night of RACCOON season....Bleh...not in MY kitchen.

Rebecka said...

This is such a great dish for my kiddos! My husband might even attempt a few bites since it doesn't have a lot of veggies...shish! he's such a picky eater!

I've added your "Bacon Game" badge to my blog and will try to play along when I can. I love the pig, too!

Claudia said...

Sciue sciue sounds tasty, though I'm not sure how to pronounce it. Now I'll be looking for those little noodles to make us some.

Joanne said...

I was totally a dessert loving kid but I also had a definite admiration for pasta! I love saying the name of this - sciue sciue...over and over. And I bet I would love eating it too. Looks delicious.

The Food Hunter said...

A delciously quick dinner.