Pasta Alla Mosca
This delicious pasta is easy to make and perfect for a weeknight meal.
It's one of my new favorite 30-minute meals! The sauce is made from sautéed onions, crispy pancetta, garlic, and tomatoes. Topped with parmesan and herbs, this dish is versatile (it works with any pasta type), hearty, and perfect for a night when you want to eat a real meal but don't have hours to cook.
I've mentioned before that I moved back to the US last year after living in the Middle East for most of the last two decades. We moved to a northern suburb of Chicago called Evanston. It's gorgeous - it's right on Lake Michigan, has lots of old trees and stately houses, and is home to the sprawling Northwestern campus (where I happen to work).
Years ago in Doha, I worked with a life coach who had me make a vision board - it's basically a poster where you set a bunch of visual intentions. So, on mine I included, amongst other things, a picture of hands throwing a pot on a pottery wheel. In college, I took a pottery course and fell deeply in love with it, to the detriment of my other classes! After college, I moved to Amman, Jordan to study Arabic and I started working at a pottery studio. But, when I moved back to Qatar, I didn't have that outlet. So, I set the intention that pottery would be part of my life again.
When we moved to Evanston, I was delighted to see that there was a pottery studio that offered classes. I begged and bullied Joseph, my husband, into taking classes with me. He reluctantly agreed and I was over the moon, but also so nervous to begin again. It's been a full year now and 5 classes later we are still going strong and taking weekly classes. Joseph has become an amazing potter and it's a creative outlet we both adore. We talk about pottery, watch youtube videos about pottery, and stand in the ceramics aisle at art stores and talk about what tools we need. I can't recommend enough finding a creative hobby - pottery and this blog really make my heart sing.
This story does actually have a point! Dominic Mosca, who owns The Pot Shop and teaches our class and is also truly hilarious, gave me the idea for this pasta. He created the recipe and has shared it with enough family members that they've begun calling it Pasta Alla Mosca. I said this the other day and I truly meant it, I love a lot of things about Evanston, but The Pot Shop has made it feel like home.
- 12 ounces pasta (I used Strozzapreti)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 pound pancetta, diced
- 1 (28 ounce) can plum tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup shredded parmesan
- Italian parsley or basil, to garnish