Pappardelle Alla Casa Mia by John Hooton

Pappardelle Alla Casa Mia

This is my own simple recipe, therefore “Pappardelle at my House”

250g of Pappardelle
10 Cherry Tomatoes
5 Garlic Cloves
125g Exotic Mushrooms
1 Handfuls of Baby Spinach
2 Tbsp Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 Tsp of Chilli Flakes

These are rather like broad tagliatelle and I prepared the dish like this…
Roast about 10 cherry tomatoes cut in half, in olive oil with 5 garlic cloves and a sprinkle of dried chilli for twenty minutes. Halfway through the roasting, add some small whole mushrooms. I used oyster, buna-shimeji and shiro-shimeji varieties. Meanwhile bring some water to the boil, add salt and the pappardelle. After 5 minutes, add a handful of baby spinach leaves and cook for a further 6 minutes.
Serve the pasta with the roasted, tomatoes, garlic and mushrooms.
Total preparation and cooking time 25 minutes.

Buon appetito!

The lighting was overcast daylight (the best diffuser) through my kitchen window.

N.B. This image is now for sale as laminated kitchen art!

Technical Details:

Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: 12-24mm f4
Focal Length: 20mm
ISO: 250
Exposure: 1/125 sec at f /4
Lighting: Daylight
Post Processing: Photoshop CS3

© 2008 John Hooton Photography

Retired Professional Photographer, web designer, software developer, still dabbling in photography and all things technical!

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  • tonilouise
    tonilouisealmost 7 years ago

    Oh yummo…Dinner tonight I’m thinking..Beautifully photographed as well..My mouth is watering..Hmmmm

  • Thank you for the comment ToniLouise. Let me know what you think once you have tasted it!

    – John Hooton

  • Warren. A. Williams
    Warren. A. Wil...almost 7 years ago

    Got to try this. Like your images well presented. You need to put this in the “Food group”

  • Likewise Warren, let me know what you think once you have it in front of you in 3D, and thanks for the tip!

    – John Hooton

  • Gilberte
    Gilbertealmost 7 years ago

    Wow John what a lovely photo and good cook you must be.

  • Not that good! But some of the best food is the simplest to make.

    – John Hooton

  • Farmncamera
    Farmncameraalmost 7 years ago

    And he cooks too!. WOW…. Now that makes me hungry….and few things seem to make me hungry these days!. :) xx

  • The presentation is half the knack!!

    – John Hooton

  • LjMaxx
    LjMaxxalmost 7 years ago

    A very well presented food image John. Looks like Chef quality. I agree. Simple foods often look & taste the very best… There is such a large niche for this kinda image.

  • Thanks Lj, I must shoot some more food soon!

    – John Hooton

  • Anaa
    Anaaalmost 7 years ago

    Excellent !!! :)

  • Thank you Anaa.

    – John Hooton

  • jegustavsen
    jegustavsenalmost 7 years ago

    This look delicious!!!! I appreciate you added the recipe. I sauted some morals last night as a side dish with pasta. First time tasting morals.

  • I hope you enjoyed them. Try using them with this recipe or a variation of it :-))

    – John Hooton

  • jegustavsen
    jegustavsenalmost 7 years ago

    The taste was rich, but a rubbery consistency I didn’t expect, is this normal?

  • David Harris
    David Harrisalmost 7 years ago

    Two of my favourite things. Photography and cooking!!! I am going to try this but I think I will add some chorizo or torn chicken!! Great picture too!

  • Sounds good to me – don’t forget the camera! :-))

    – John Hooton

  • Maggieposh
    Maggieposhalmost 7 years ago

    oh wow, when can i eat.great work

  • As soon as you get here! Thanks for the kind comment :-))

    – John Hooton

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