Due to my relationship with the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program, I am sometimes offered samples of food products to try. A while back I was offered the opportunity to try out a product from the Buitoni Reserva line of pastas and sauces.
I am a sucker for anything mushroom, so I went with the wild mushroom agnolotti.
As delicious as they sounded, they sat in my freezer for a good while. I tend to make soups and stews to heat up during the week....and frankly, I forget about things in my freezer. After a particularly long workday however, I decided to treat myself to some pasta.
While a pot of salted water came to a boil, I diced up some zucchini in my fridge. In a skillet I melted a dot of butter, then sauteed the zucchini just enough to soften it, and added some salt, pepper, and a little dash of garlic powder.
Then I did what any foodie with a plate of pasta and a fondness for fat would do. I put more butter in the pan and browned it. (I had a pretty bad day).
I tossed my pasta in the water, and in a few minutes the delightful little pillows floated to the top. I pulled them from the water, tossed them with the browned butter, and plated them with some basil and parmesan cheese.
I ate all of them. The mushrooms were rich and delicious, and the pasta had a perfect bite. They were better than I imagined a frozen pasta could be. I thought they were better than some ravioli I've ordered in Boston restaurants.
Bad work day forgotten....mission accomplished.