Pasta with Porcini Mushrooms & Datterini Tomatoes with Truffle Oil~Guest Post from Apron and Sneakers

by Suzanne on October 16, 2012

in Savory

I am really excited today to introduce you to a wonderful food blogger Rowena from Apron and Sneakers! I met Rowena from other blogger friends and I am simply amazed at her talent and ability to not only create unique and appealing dishes but to also capture them so beautifully in her photos. Rowena is a perfectionist and pays close attention to detail in her recipes and food styling. Her photos lure you in and have you drooling on your keyboard. Another thing I love about her blog is all the beautiful pictures of the country she lives in and one I plan to visit soon, Italy. Rowena has a very warm style of writing and you feel like you could come over and share a meal at her home at a moments notice. I’m so happy to have her here today on YMT and hope you add her to your list of favorite food blogs, you will not be disappointed but like me will find yourself wanting to jump the next plane to Italy. Thank you Rowena, for guest posting today.

Thank you Suzanne for inviting me over to your wonderful blog.  This is my first time to guest post and I don’t think there’s another place to do it than in one of my favorite blogs.

To Suzanne’s followers and friends, hello to all of you!  I am Rowena, the person behind the blog Apron and Sneakers.  This little space at the Internet, which I call my virtual home, is all about traversing life in Italy as a mother of two small kids after marrying into an Italian family thirteen years ago.  In every post, I share recipes, mostly Italian, taught to me by my husband’s relatives, friends, strangers, the local fishmonger, the signora next to me at the market or the local butcher.   You can also find a lot of my original recipes after learning my way around the local ingredients, some from cookbooks and of course, I also have some Philippine recipes from my childhood in the country I used to call home.   My husband and I are both travelers so you will get to know a lot of Italian towns that are off the beaten track, some restaurants to try and a little bit about history.  I promise you, it’s not going to make you sleep!  I built my new home with my family in Italy and I share all my experiences at Apron and Sneakers.  If you feel like visiting, just hop on over and welcome!

There’s nothing more apt than to share a simple plate of pasta for this guest post.  Typical of Italian cooking, the less ingredients you put, the better it is.  So if you are thinking of putting together a pasta dish with ten ingredients, halve the number of ingredients to five and I’m sure it will come out great as well.  Less is better. Quality speaks more than quantity.  Those are the first things I learned about Italian cooking from the local kitchens to the high cuisine.  I hope you enjoy this pasta as much as we do.

Buon appetito a tutti!

Pasta with Porcini Mushrooms & Datterini Tomatoes with Truffle Oil~Guest Post from Apron and Sneakers

350 – 400 g. pasta (The pasta I used is called gemelli.)
100 g. porcini mushrooms (dried or fresh)
100 g. datterini tomatoes, quartered (or cherry tomatoes)
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 red onion, chopped finely
125 ml. (1/2 cup) white wine
extra virgin olive oil
white truffle oil
parsley, chopped
salt & pepper
1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano, grated (or any aged cheese)

Step 1: If using dried porcini, soak them in a container with water overnight. Drain mushrooms and squeeze out excess liquid. Save the water where they were soaked. If using fresh porcini, take away dirt with a brush, with a damp cloth or under the tap quickly. Fill up a cooking pot with water. Add porcini. Bring to a boil. Transfer boiled porcini in a bowl. Save the water where they were boiled.
Step 2: In another pot, boil some water to cook the pasta. When it boils, add salt. Add pasta and cook following the number of minutes suggested in the package or until al dente.
Step 3: In the meantime, while waiting for the water to boil, warm up some extra virgin olive oil in a large saucepan. When hot, add garlic and onions. Toast until golden. Discard garlic.
Add tomatoes and cook for about 5 minutes.
Add porcini. Cook for about 3 minutes.
Step 4: Pour wine and put up the fire. Cook for another 5 minutes. Put down the fire to medium.
Ladle some of the water where you soaked or boiled the porcini. Season with salt & pepper. Turn off the fire when the sauce has thickened a bit. Sprinkle with parsley & parmigiano reggiano. Drizzle with truffle oil. Serve hot. Add more parmigiano reggiano if desired.
Serves: 4

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1 Jen Laceda @ Tartine and Apron Strings October 16, 2012 at 12:23 am

Hi, Rowena and Suzanne!
Oooh…I bet this tastes awesome! The mushroom and truffle oil combo – amore! Wish I had a platter, I mean, plate in front of me now 🙂

2 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers October 25, 2012 at 8:08 pm

One of my fave combinations too Jen. Thanks!

3 Laura (Tutti Dolci) October 16, 2012 at 12:54 am

What a wonderful choice for a guest post, Suzanne! So nice to see you here, Rowena. This is my kind of pasta – I love everything in the dish! 🙂

4 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers October 16, 2012 at 5:05 am

Thank you Laura! I’m really happy to guest post for Suzanne today. I love everything that I put in the pasta too. Thanks!

5 Carol | a cup of mascarpone October 16, 2012 at 5:05 am

This is a gorgeous pasta and guest post, Suzanne – in true Italian style. As always, Rowena’s photos are beautiful! This is my type of pasta…love it!

6 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers October 16, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Thank you Carol! I’m happy that you like the pasta.

7 Valerie October 16, 2012 at 11:00 am

Pasta can easily become monotonous, but this dish looks refreshing and gorgeous! I’m still new to both YMT and Apron and Sneakers, but I’m so glad to have discovered both blogs. 🙂

8 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers October 16, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Oh you said it Valerie! Pasta can be monotonous but it’s staple at home because my husband and kids cannot live without them. So my job is to keep on coming up with new and classic recipes all the time! Thanks for dropping by.

9 Patty October 16, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Oh 😉 -how I love this lovely pasta dish! Congrats to you both on such a wonderful guest post;-)
Beautiful photos Rowena;-)

10 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers October 16, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Thank you Patty!

11 Nami | Just One Cookbook October 16, 2012 at 12:42 pm

I was talking to another Italian blogger the other day how Italian and Japanese cuisines are similar (who would guessed?) in terms of what we consider most important in our cuisines. We think simple cooking brings out the fundamental of the ingredients and how we care more about the quality than over flavoring the dish. I love your advice on 5 ingredients vs 10. 🙂 It’s always my preference because you want to taste the good ingredients and I really love this pasta. And congrats on your very first guest post. You’ve done beautifully, Rowena!

12 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers October 16, 2012 at 3:01 pm

It’s strange isn’t it? You taste more the food and ingredients when you take away what is unnecessary. And the quality is foremost. Thank you Nami. You’re always nice. I’m very happy to be guest posting here.

13 Suzanne Perazzini October 16, 2012 at 3:10 pm

This is a great combination of flavours, Rowena. I have eaten so much pasta in the last 3 weeks in Italy and I can’t get enough of it.

14 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers October 17, 2012 at 6:42 pm

I guess that’s one of the good things about Italy. The pasta is really good anywhere and everywhere! Thanks Suzanne!

15 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts October 16, 2012 at 8:18 pm

What an amazing pasta! Rowena is so talented, and I miss reading her blog often – this have just been so busy lately. So glad to see her here!

16 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers October 17, 2012 at 6:45 pm

I understand how busy you are Erin. Your blog has always been an inspiration to cooking. Thank you for dropping by Suzanne’s blog and giving us a hello!

17 Tessa October 16, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Simply delicious and gorgeous photos as usual!

18 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers October 17, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Thank you Tessa!

19 Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) October 17, 2012 at 12:22 am

So nice to see Rowena here! This is my kind of pasta dish!

20 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers October 17, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Thanks Jean!

21 Vicki Bensinger October 17, 2012 at 7:17 am

Rowena this is such a lovely bowl of pasta – simple yet full of flavor. How fortunate you are to live in Italy. I spent a month there a few years back and loved everything about it especially the simplicity of the food and the most incredible tomatoes ever.

I look forward to visiting your blog. I hope you will stop by mine as well and say hello.

22 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers October 17, 2012 at 6:48 pm

The tomatoes here are simply wonderful Vicki. I really have to agree! Thank you for stopping by Suzanne’s blog. I will check out your blog soon!

23 Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking October 17, 2012 at 7:55 am

Hello lovely ladies, So nice to see you both in one place.
I love Rowena’s photos, they are so full of light and your dishes always leave me hungry.
great guest post

24 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers October 25, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Roxana, thank you very much!

25 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} October 17, 2012 at 8:11 pm

What a perfectly mouthwatering dish! What a perfect guest post and I agree with Suzanne’s opening marks. I am always in awe of Rowena’s photos and dishes – so much thought goes into each one. This pasta dish looks and sounds simply amazing!!

26 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers October 25, 2012 at 8:05 pm

That’s so nice Lisa! Thank you!

27 CCU October 18, 2012 at 3:14 pm

This pasta has my heart, the flavours in it are incredible 😀

Choc Chip Uru

28 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers October 25, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Oh wow, thank you CCU! I appreciate it!

29 Parsley Sage October 20, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Oh my! What an elegant dish! This looks fabulous and more than absolutely delicious. I’m a sucker for porcini mushrooms…I pretty much think they make EVERYTHING taste better 🙂

Great guest post mash-up ladies!

30 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers October 25, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Thank you very much!

31 Nancy/SpicieFoodie October 21, 2012 at 9:10 am

Hi Suzanne and Rowena,
What a delicious guest post. I love pasta with mushrooms and this recipe is a winner. Yum:)

32 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers October 25, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Hi Nancy! Thanks a lot!

33 Terra October 21, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Hi Rowena, It is lovely to meet you! What a gorgeous recipe, that is so full of wonderful flavors!! Hugs, Terra

34 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers October 25, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Hi Terra! So nice to meet you too! Thank you for the nice words!

35 Sandra's Easy Cooking October 21, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Hello wonderful ladies,
What an amazing guest post with amazing mouthwatering pictures from one my favorite bloggers! That pasta look so delicious and recipe is just full of flavor. Well done!!! I also would agree with Jen’s comment above, wish I had patter full of your pasta in front of me right now…hehe

wishing you both fantastic week ahead!!!!

36 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers October 25, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Hi Sandra! Thank you so much! Suzanne has really been nice to invite me to guest post here. I’m glad you like the pasta!

37 Frank @ Kraemers Culinary Blog October 21, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Hi Suzanne and Rowena,
What a great guest post. It’s the simple dishes with a few ingredients that make a salad like this one so special. I could run in my kitchen now and make this salad, but I don’t have the ingredients. I love porcini mushrooms, olive oil and truffle oil, just delicious! Thanks

38 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers October 25, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Thank you Frank! I hope you find the ingredients soon!

39 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef October 22, 2012 at 3:58 am

Lovely to meet Rowena — I’ve already been over to visit her, left a comment and liked her page on Facebook. Now this pasta recipe is a winner with me. Yum!

40 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers October 25, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Thank you Maureen. It’s very nice of you to visit my blog and liking my page. I appreciate that!

41 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers October 25, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Hi Suzanne! I think I went all over your post answering to everyone. Again, thank you very much for inviting me over. This had been a truly wonderful experience.

42 Suzanne October 27, 2012 at 1:32 am

Your so welcome Rowena, thanks you so much 🙂 it my pleasure.

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