Sunday, July 27

Remembering Sher of What Did You Eat? Pasta with Arugula Pesto and Tomatoes

arugula pesto pasta with tomatoes

Last weekend, the food blogging community was saddened to learn that a dear food blogger and friend, Sher of What Did You Eat?, had suddenly passed away.

In her memory, bloggers are making and posting one of Sher's recipes today, and her close friend, Glenna from A Fridge Full of Food, is collecting the links at her site so that Sher's family can read all of the tributes.

My heartfelt sympathies are with Sher's family and friends during this difficult time. Sher will be missed.

I chose this pasta dish because it's indicative of the type of recipes Sher posted: it's simple to make and simply delicious.

Pasta with Arugula Pesto and Tomatoes
from Williams Sonoma Savoring Series, Savoring Italy
Serves 4-6
Print recipe only here.

6 oz. arugula, tough stems removed (about 4 cups)
1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
1/4 cup walnuts
1 garlic clove
1/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese, plus extra for garnish
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved, or chopped large tomatoes
1 pound pasta

In a food processor, combine the arugula, parsley, walnuts and garlic. Process using short rapid on-off pulses until the mixture is finely chopped, 15 to 20 times. Add the grated cheese, salt and pepper. With the machine running, gradually add the olive oil in a steady stream and process until smooth. (Add additional water or olive if necessary.) Set aside.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot three-fourths full of water to a boil over high heat. Salt generously and add the pasta. Cook, stirring frequently, until al dente (tender but firm to the bite). Drain the pasta, reserving about 1/2 cup of the cooking water.

Place the pasta in a large warmed serving bowl along with the pesto. Toss well, adding the reserved pasta water as needed to thin the sauce. Add the tomatoes and toss again. Garnish with cheese and serve immediately.


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31 comments:

familiabencomo said...

Beautifully done. My heart is with Sher's family.

xoxox Amy

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

That's a lovely dish, Susan. I remember when Sher first posted it. She will be missed!

culinography said...

A wonderful recipe to honor a wonderful fellow blogger. Looks lovely, Susan.

chefectomy said...

Thanks Susan, what a nice tribute. very indicative of the food blogging community which I am new to. This recipe (and your blog) look wonderful.

--Marc

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A gorgeous dish! Very colorful and tasty! A nice tribute...

Cheers,

Rosa

Manggy said...

Lovely tribute, Susan.. Reading all these new posts recently I wish I'd have met Sher.

Jenny said...

Yes, it does look good, and the kind of thing Sher made regularly.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Whenever I think of Sher's posts, I think of her pasta dishes, so this is the perfect tribute to her.

Kalyn said...

Yes, this is just the kind of dish that Sher loved. I hope she would be pleased at all the tributes to her today.

katiez said...

You got it perfectly right: simple, colorful, easy.... but full of flavor... A lot like Sher (the full of flavor part)

Astrid, Kashim and Othello said...

this pasta was so much Sher! I loved her pasta recipes!

Karina said...

What a beautiful photo of a beautiful recipe from a beautiful blogger by a beautiful blogger!

Mishmash ! said...

:(
My heart goes to Sher's family...

Andrea said...

This is perfect, and a nice memorial to Sher.

Darius T. Williams said...

I just heard about Sherry - isn't this horrible?

I've just come on the scene and all I have are her memories. I'm saddened!

-DTW
www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com

Patricia Scarpin said...

Susan, what a coincidence - I printed two recipes from Sher's blog, including this one. But ended up making the other (I'll post it this week).
My heart goes out to her family.

Annie said...

What a sad day. I feel so bad for Sher's family and friends. Although I did not lean about her until recently, I can see how see will be missed. My sympathies are with her family and you all.

Astra Libris said...

Such a beautiful culinary tribute... Your preparation of the pasta dish is a true work of art.

(I'm also in raptures over your peach and blueberry galette! Hooray for the peach and blueberry combo - I can't wait to try yours!)

Munchkins and Music said...

Looks good! I LOVE pasta. I'm going to try this one. Thanks!

Dhanggit said...

a great tribute for a food blogger deeply loved and respected!

Lori Lynn said...

A lovely tribute, Susan. Your post inspired me to go look at all of Sher's pasta recipes, I have been there for the past hour.

Deborah said...

I'm sure Sher's family will be touched by the food blogging community paying such a wonderful tribute!

RecipeGirl said...

Nice tribute, and a beautiful picture. She and her blog will be missed.

swirlingnotions said...

I was so sad to read this . . . Sherry will certainly be missed. I'm sure she'll be happy her recipes--like this one you captured so beautifully--continue to live on.

Cakespy said...

What a sweet celebration. I was so sad to hear about the loss. So sudden.

Heather said...

I didn't know Sher but from the posts she sounds lovely. I'm sure her family will enjoy these posts.

Cookie baker Lynn said...

The dish you chose to honor Sher is wonderful - what a great combination of flavors.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Thank you, everybody, for you kind and thoughtful sentiments.

Glenna said...

That is a wonderful recipe--thank you so much for honoring Sher this way. It's lovely.

Jeanne said...

What a lovely way of paying tribute to a fello-blogger. The dish looks like an exercise in perfect simplicity.

Jaime said...

that's a nice tribute - simple and definitely delicious!

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