April 5 – 8, 2021
Italian wedding pasta is inspired by Minestra Maritata–literally “married soup”–but not married in the sense of two people joining in matrimony. It is the glorious marrying of greens and meats with pasta. This is a dish made for early spring, a time when we shift from heavy to light foods, a time when we can harvest early spring vegetables like asparagus and spinach. Enjoy this welcome to spring meal!
Italian Wedding Pasta
Cavatappi pasta + spinach tossed in a light sauce, parmesan
& asparagus tips with grilled lemon
Homemade turkey meatballs
*Plant-based option: Yellow beet balls
Asparagus, zuchinni, yellow squash & mushrooms
Lemon Veloute Sauce
Add-on Option: Limoncello Ricotta Cake
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Reheating & Plating
If needed, keep the lids on and reheat the pasta and meatballs for 90 seconds, the vegetables for 60 seconds. To plate, either add the vegetables to the pasta & meatballs or serve them on the side; drizzle the veloute sauce as desired on all dishes; and enjoy with a slice of the Curious Bread!
All good food begins with a story, and this week’s menu is the story of spring. When I was young, my mother would take me on a walk along the banks of an overgrown canal near our house. In springtime, we were on the hunt for wild fresh asparagus! It bloomed early and it was wonderful. We would snap off the tops, steam them at home, and eat them with salt, pepper & melted butter. This is one of my earliest memories of enjoying earth’s bounty.
Asparagus finds its way into this week’s Curious Table dinner, Italian wedding pasta–a dish inspired by Minestra Maritata, which literally means “married soup.” But this is not food for marriage in the sense of two people joining in matrimony. It is the glorious marrying of greens and meats with pasta. This is a dish made for early spring, a time when we shift from heavy to light foods, a time when we can harvest early spring vegetables like asparagus and spinach. As our traditional dinner table shifts from the hearty root vegetables of winter to the fresher ingredients of spring, the tastes shift from rich & savory to bright & refreshing.
Curious Table’s Italian wedding pasta marries fresh vegetables with the tang of lemon, the chew of pasta, and the glory of turkey-pesto meatballs. Paired with a slice of Curious Bread, it’s a perfect welcome-to-spring type meal.
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From our table to yours…
Eat well, be well!