It. was. fantastic.
My favorite thing about our free, but non-pirated cable is the Food Network, which I worship and is pretty much the only channel ever on our TV. Bean, J and I were watching America's Iron Chef Challenge last week and saw the episode with Rachel Ray (Goddess of Cheap, Fast, and Wonderful) and she and her chef partner made this pasta that she called Drunken Sailor's Pasta - pasta cooked in wine.
So, we thought we'd give it a shot. I LOVED it! Here's what we did:
Serves (approximately) 6-7 people, with leftovers
1 1/2 packages of linguine noodles, dry
2-2.25 L of CHEAP red wine
Few dashes of olive oil (no idea how much)
2 decent-sized stems of fresh basil, chopped
1 pint of cherry tomatoes, 1/2ed or 1/4ered
12 kalmata olives, chopped
2 tsp capers
3 cloves minced garlic (easily could be more)
Dash of lemon juice
You must stir this pasta more often than when cooked in water</b>. This will give your pasta a wonderful taste and a strong wine color.
Put enough olive oil to keep your food moist into a frying pan and put in your garlic. Fry for a couple of minutes, then stir in your capers, kalmata olives, chopped basil, and some salt and pepper. Let this simmer for a couple of minutes. Just before you combine with the pasta, add your chopped cherry tomatoes and let cook for 2 minutes or so on medium.
Toss your sauce with your pasta, adding more olive oil if necessary.
Bean thought this might be quite good with white wine instead of red - I liked the color and flavor of red, myself.
We served this with a salad with pomagranate seeds, chopped tomatos, and chopped avacado and some heated breadsticks.
I was going to get pictures, but it was simply too awesome to wait. Hope you enjoy!