First I want to say I have never felt that I abided by society norm. I pride myself on not caring what others think (often I mean I am human) and I also have had a pretty good relationship with my body. Obviously we can always improve ourselves, something of which I try to everyday, but I am also incredibly happy in my own skin and proud of that fact. In a deep youtube hole I came across Bon Appetit’s channel, how youtube knew I needed this is beyond me but thank you cookies for the connections (cookies is a tech term…I think.) Well after thirty minuets of recipe videos around pasta I realized a couple of things:
1) I wanted to cook (I love cooking…like LOVE)
2) I was hesitant because of societies view (USA) on carbs and pasta in general and the fact that I hadn’t worked out.
3) WTF Colleen, I thought you didn’t care what people thought?!!!!
Which, combined, brought me to some serious contemplation. Imagine it, me sitting on the couch, laptop in lap, coffee in hand, Temp snoring next to me, it’s 9:30am, and I’m contemplating my whole belief system because of a Bon Appetit youtube episode about Orecchiette with Buttermilk, Peas, and Pistachios!!! What a whirlwind of a Sunday morning but it got me to this place of creation. Then and there I decided to create a series around society and me saying, “FU society…I do what I want!” To drastic. Probably…I can be a bit dramatic…I am a scorpio. I digress. Back to pasta. So I am watching this love woman, Molly Baz, make this pasta with a passion I never knew I wanted and decided then and there I wanted to change and hopefully create a wee movement to help people that read this (hi Mom) that if something makes you happy do it! Not drugs!! Stay in school!! But if cooking pasta even if society says, “Pasta won’t make you thin and there are too many carbs” but making pasta makes you happy then do the gersh dern thang! Make the pasta! Eat the pasta! Be the pasta! Enjoy the pasta! Life is too short to worry about what others think.
Later that day…
I got dressed and drove over to good ol’ Trader Joes and purchased the ingredients for the life altering pasta and make it. It was delicious. I shall post the recipe and the video that changed it all.
Peace. Love. Pasta.
¼ cup pistachios
12 oz. orecchiette
12 oz. peas (such as shelled fresh or frozen English and/or halved sugar snap)
3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
2 medium leeks, white and pale green parts only, cut in half lengthwise, thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1 small bunch mint, divided
¾ cup buttermilk
3 oz. Parmesan, finely grated, plus more for serving
Freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
Preheat oven to 350°. Toast pistachios on a rimmed baking sheet, tossing once, until golden brown, 5–8 minutes. Let cool, then coarsely crush with a measuring cup or glass.
Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water 6 minutes, then add peas and cook until pasta is al dente, about 2 minutes more.
Meanwhile, heat butter and 2 Tbsp. oil in a medium heavy pot over medium. Cook leeks, garlic, red pepper flakes, and 3 mint sprigs, stirring occasionally, until leeks are soft but not browned, 6–8 minutes; season with salt. Add buttermilk; bring to a simmer. Pluck out mint; discard.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer pasta and peas to leek mixture. Add 3 oz. Parmesan; cook, stirring vigorously and adding a little pasta water if needed, until sauce is creamy and coats pasta, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat; add lemon juice. Pull leaves from remaining mint sprigs, tear into pasta, and toss. Divide pasta among bowls. Top with pistachios and Parmesan; drizzle with oil.
Recipe by Molly Baz