Food Photography and Styling Group Challenge - April {Pasta}

"Me eat little hats, mama!", Jesse giggled.

This made me grin so big that I didn't tell him the pasta he's eating is actually little ears, orecchiette. Pretty close though, as cappelletti pasta looks just about the same. Call it what you want, kiddo! I was just amazed he was eating something with red chili flakes in it. What was our super easy dinner?

Orecchiette with Arugula, Goat Cheese and Sun Dried Tomatoes

How can something that sounds so fancy and looks so pretty have only 5 ingredients?

Obviously, this beautiful orecchiette pasta is where it starts...call it little ears, call it little hats, maybe little...nevermind. Whatever works for you! Boil it up, drain, and let set for a couple minutes to cool off a bit. Look at all that steamy goodness!

Take advantage of the free facial while you wait. Ahhh.

What's next? I feel like I should make this recipe more complicated to stand up with it's uber-fancy name. I sauteed the fresh arugula and sun dried tomatoes in a bit of olive oil for a minute with a chopped clove of garlic, salt and pepper. (Garlic doesn't count as one of the 5 ingredients, I count it as a pantry staple like salt or pepper, obvs!)

Toss the pasta, arugula and sun dried tomatoes in a bowl. Sprinkle in some crumbled goat cheese, throughout. The final super easy step? Sprinkle a bit of red chili flakes all over the top...as much as you'd like!

This is when the magic starts happening. The goat cheese begins to melt slightly and becomes an instant creamy sauce on the pasta, where the sun dried tomatoes and red chili flakes compliment each other beautifully. The arugula adds a perfect peppery bite.

Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my chin.

Orecchiette with Arugula, Goat Cheese and Sun Dried Tomatoes was inspired by a Saveur recipe which uses Rapini (like a broccoli rabe, too bitter for me so arugula was a great replacement).

This month's challenge for The Inspired Plate (our Bloom food photography and styling group of 14 women across the country) was PASTA and this was a perfect recipe to photograph. It held up well during shooting and was equally delicious when hot or at room temperature. Try it! Love it! Whisper sweet nothings into all of its little ears...

Thanks for stopping by! NOW continue the group circle and check out the incredibly talented Jennifer Grant...an editorial photographer, lover of food, and visual story teller. (or whatever. I like descriptive. and keep clicking our links to see the rest of these amazing photographers.

xo

Jen