Monday, March 2, 2009

Fresh Pear and Curry Pasta


I know this dish may not look that exciting - the colours a bit bland, and maybe the idea of pears with curry kind of strange. But trust me, this dish is delicious. The recipe comes from a cookbook that I think you can easily trust any recipe that comes out of it not to fail, and most likely it will be yummy like this one. I don't think I've ever seen anyone other than me post recipes from these cookbooks though - The Best of Bridge cookbooks. I guess because they're Canadian but these are the kind of cookbooks everybody needs.

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Fresh Pear and Curry Pasta
Adapted from The Best of the Best and More

My only modifications were to use 1/2 tbsp oil instead of 2 tbsp, and to use extra garlic. I also used ketchup instead of tomato paste to make it easier. If you don't have a ripe pear you can just cook the pear longer to soften it. Oh I also omit the 3 tbsp cilantro. The recipe can easily be vegan by omitting the cream and using some other kind of sweetener than honey.

1/2 small onion, chopped
1/2 tbsp oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp medium curry paste
1 tsp tomato paste (or ketchup)
2 tbsp honey
2 cups vegetable broth
1 unpeeled ripe pear, sliced in thin wedges
2 roma tomatoes, chopped
2 tbsp cream or milk
Enough pasta for 2

In a frying pan over medium heat, saute onion in oil until soft. Add garlic and curry paste and stir 2-3 minutes. Add tomato paste and honey and stir another 2 minutes. Add broth, increase heat to medium high and boil gently, reducing liquid to less than 1 cup. (This takes about 15 minutes; now is a good time to start cooking the pasta.)

Add pear slices and cook for 1 minute. Add tomatoes and cream and stir another 2 minutes. Pour over pasta and toss gently.

25 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Pears in pasta, eh??? Intriguing!!

Steph said...

That is so cool, I've never thought of using pears in a savoury dish! Actually, before blogging I never thought of eating pears in any way except plain.

Pearl said...

that is one of the most interesting and creative pasta dishes that i have ever heard of: fresh pear and curry? WOW.

i bet it tastes faaaantastic :)

Elyse said...

What a fascinating use of pears! I love pears, and though I've never seen them in a savory dish, I'm more than willing to try. The dish looks great, and I'm always up for something yummy and new!!

Bunny said...

Now this is different, I've never seen anything like this before, very nice!

Selba said...

Curry pasta? This is interesting!

Snooky doodle said...

really interesting. I ve never seen pears in curry but must be delicious by the way you describe it :)

Sarah said...

I've mixed curry in pasta. I love it! Yes, pears does sound a bit strange but actually pears can often go very nicely with many savoury dishes so why not? Good one! :)

ovenhaven said...

Pears in pasta sounds like a really interesting concept! I'll take your word for it, because it really does look delicious! :)

Parker said...

So unique, yet great flavor combo. I love fruit with curry, but never tried pear, I am intrigued.

Whateverman said...

I need my curries to be spicy. I will probably use a hot curry paste, and possibly substitute with chilli oil

Its an interesting flavor combination. Thanks!

Cakespy said...

Once again you have added in a wild card ingredient which manages to sound intriguing and delicious! Yum!

Chris @ Beyond Ramen said...

I have recently been craving sweet and savory combinations, and with the weather looking this chilly, curry sounds great too. Thanks for the recipe!

Holler said...

That is very different and very intriguing. It sounds great actually.

CookiePie said...

Wow - what a great combo - I love sweet and savory together!

Helene said...

Actually it looks like a meal I would enjoy. This looks really good.

homecooked said...

Looks delicious and healthy! I would never have thought of this combination!

jodye said...

This looks so delicious and comforting. Pears are my absolute favorite fruit right now, I will eat just about anything in which they are involved!

Jennifer said...

I never tried nor seen any other recipe with pears and pasta together! brilliant!!

Anonymous said...

"...this dish may not look that exciting" - quite the opposite!

Anonymous said...

I've just made this dish for the second time. It's heavenly and so easy. I just make sure and chop/slice before I start cooking. This time around I had a few mushrooms that I needed to cook, so sliced them and added to the skillet after the onions are soft and before I added the garlic. I served it over bow tie pasta, which is all I had, and grilled chicken breasts. Definitely worth a try.

eatme_delicious said...

Anonymous: Yaey glad you like it. =) I haven't made it for a while - I should make it again soon!

Anonymous said...

so great! thank you :) I tweaked it a bit to suit what I had on hand, but stayed quite true. The kids loved it too. And, it was great the next day for leftover lunch. I'm passing it on!

Anonymous said...

BTW: you left out the honey and tomato paste in your directions :)

eatme_delicious said...

Anonymous: Glad you and your kids liked it! Thanks for letting me know about the honey and tomato, I edited the recipe. :)