Jill got inspired when watching Giada De Laurentiis on the Food Network. She decided to try two recipes that Giada made. The first was Trenette with Eggplant and Basil Pesto. We used penne rigate pasta and some of Jill’s home made pesto. Jill roasted the eggplant in the oven while I grated up some fresh grated Parmesan. I’m not a huge eggplant fan, but this recipe tasted great with the pesto and parmesan!
The second recipe that Jill made was Ligurian Fish Stew. Who would have ever guessed that fish stew could taste so good. We used cod for the fish and about 2/3 of a pound of medium shrimp. The sauce with carrots, onions, garlic, pureed tomatoes and Pinot Grigio made a great base for the stew and left the house smelling fantastic! We used Roasted Garlic Artisan Bread which was toasted in the oven with olive oil drizzled on top. Jill rubbed fresh garlic on top of the top of the toasted bread. The bread was excellent dipped in the stew. What a great meal.