Recipe: Pasta With Potatoes Time: About an hour
Time: About an hour
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 dried red chilies
1/4 cup pancetta or bacon, chopped
1 tablespoon minced garlic
About 3 cups chopped tomatoes (canned are fine; do not drain)
4 medium starchy potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 pound any dried pasta, broken into bits if large
Chopped fresh parsley leaves
Freshly grated Parmesan.
1. Put oil in a large saucepan or casserole over medium heat; add onion and cook, stirring, until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add chilies and pancetta and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until pancetta renders most of its fat, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds.
2. Stir in tomatoes and cook over lively heat until they begin to break down, then add potatoes. Continue to cook, adding water if necessary to keep mixture loose. When potatoes are just about done, about 20 minutes, stir in pasta.
3. Cook, again adding water if necessary, until pasta is tender. Dish should still be a little watery when done, and is best served after sitting for a little while. Garnish with parsley and Parmesan and serve.
Yield: 6 servings.
Second, a great interview with Joan Jett in today's Guardian. Listen to her speak: "It's hard to imagine, now, the resistance," she says. "It wasn't only about girls and rock'n'roll but also my image was so much harder than other girls in rock'n'roll, with the black hair and the leather jacket. We still have all the rejection letters; 23 of them." The labels gave a variety of reasons: "They'd say, 'You have no songs'," Jett gives a lop-sided smirk, "and the tape we sent had I Love Rock'n'Roll, Crimson and Clover, Do You Wanna Touch Me and Bad Reputation. So they didn't only miss one, they missed four hits ... And we'd get a lot of, 'Drop the guitar, stop hiding behind the guitar, change your image, sing softer songs.' It was you're not allowed to be edgy and you're not allowed to be hard if you're a girl." She looks puzzled. "I'm so confused about that." I want to see her now so much.