Pasta Paradiso: Dinner and a Movie

​One of the best features of Italian food is its freshness and simplicity. This week's recipe combines Arizona grown Campari tomatoes with a few basic techniques to make a pasta dish any Nona would allow on her table. The film Cinema Paradiso, written and directed by Guiseppe Tornatore, shares a nostalgia of Italy and of film and is practically a love letter to both.

Film: Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Entrée: Pasta with Campari Tomatoes, Artichokes, and Breadcrumbs
Popcorn: Rosemary Scented Popcorn with Parmesan and Black Pepper
Beverage: Red Wine

Get the breakdown after the jump.

​Like the Batali recipe we also garnish ours with breadcrumbs. This gives it extra flavor and texture.

Rosemary Scented Popcorn with Parmesan and Black Pepper

1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup popcorn kernels
Pinch of rosemary
Melted butter
Olive oil 

Cracked pepper

​In the pan, put a pinch of rosemary and sea salt in the oil. Heat and then add popcorn kernels. Keep the lid on until and shake pan gently over medium high heat until the popping slows. Remove from heat. While the popcorn is still in the pan, drizzle 3 tablespoons of olive oil and 3 tablespoons of melted butter over the popcorn and toss. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs, parmesan, cracked pepper, and salt.

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