At our recent visit to Staple & Fancy, the waitress had gifted us with lovely packages of fresh homemade pasta. We like to think it was a “thank you” gift for putting up with a group of three vulgar, obnoxious, and inappropriate guys who sat next to us for the better part of our meal.  That said, we weren’t too bothered by it. We just pretended we were in another country and they were speaking a different language.

Fresh, homemade pasta by Ethan Stowell

Fresh, homemade pasta by Ethan Stowell

Though it wasn’t her fault at all, the waitress did apologize for them toward the end of our meal and ended up sharing some amazing pasta with us. We didn’t want to mask the flavour of this with strong sauces like alfredo or a rich red sauce, but rather let it shine by itself. We settled on fresh cherry tomatoes from our garden, fresh basil, and fresh parmesan romano shavings. Mix all with a good dash of olive oil and red pepper flakes and this dinner is ready in less than 10 minutes.

Fresh, homemade pasta with cherry tomatoes and basil

Fresh, homemade pasta with cherry tomatoes and basil

The awesome thing is  this pasta, once added to boiling water, cooks perfectly in  5 mins. Lagana Foods is actually a pasta project, founded by Ethan Stowell and a friend several years ago. They serve it at select restaurants in Washington and Oregon as well as select retailers. If you don’t live in either state, don’t fret. Amazon Fresh can deliver this to your door!  We highly recommend you try some!

Bon appetit!