By Danielle French

The Best Pasta Recipe

My go-to meal is this pasta dish. I could eat pasta pretty well every day – but it’s a good thing I don’t! The Italians have it right in terms of simplicity – this dish can be as delicious with a few ingredients as with more. Here is my version.

The Main Ingredients
1 lemon zest
Juice of 1 lemon
Good olive oil – 1/4 cup
3-4 cloves crushed and minced fresh garlic
1/2 bunch italian parsley chopped
Course salt to taste
Grated parmesan cheese
1 package of dried of fresh pasta

Bring water to a boil. Add 1 tbsp salt and 1 tbsp olive oil. Add the pasta and cook to instructions.

Meanwhile in a deep skillet:
Slowly heat the olive oil and add the crushed garlic. Sauté for about 1 minute only until soft. Do not brown the garlic! Turn the heat off, when the pasta is cooked, drain and add the oil and garlic mixture toss with lemon zest and lemon juice and a dollop of course salt. Top with parsley and parmesan cheese.

Extra Ingredients
These are all things you can add to this basic dish to the heated olive oil in the pan if you wish:
1/4 cup capers drained
2 tbsp pine nuts
1/4 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes
1 tsp or to taste – dried hot peppers
Cherry tomatoes sautéed slightly in the oil mixture until wilted
Cooked shrimp or chicken
Grated pepper

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About Danielle

Looking for a simpler way of life for her four daughters and herself, Danielle moved from Toronto to this farm in the Bethany Hills of Southern Ontario, and over time together with her family and her partner Shawn, restored the barn, the iconic heritage silo and the land.

Danielle loves to create unique settings and menus for the many events she offers at South Pond Farms, such as authentic farm-to-table gatherings, bread-making workshops, culinary classes, and weddings. Danielle’s vision is to inspire others to share her vision of a traditional life and way of cooking and to feel the sense of history on this beautiful land.  

Danielle was also the host of a television series called Taste of the Country

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