Wednesday, February 1, 2012

{recreating a Bottega Louie favorite}

I cannot even count the amount of times we have been to Bottega Louie since it opened a few years back and that is not even including the times I have run in to pick up macarons or coffee.  One of my favorite dishes to order for dinner is their Trenne Pasta which is a pan fried triangle shaped pasta served with kale, carrots and braised short ribs.   This past weekend while my mom was visiting, we decided instead of going to Bottega Louie we would try to recreate one of our favorite meals at home.

After some searching, it became clear that a recipe for this exact dish did not exist so we had to piece it together using various recipes.  This dish is going to take you a little bit of time, it's not going to be a great weekend night meal since you will need a few hours to braise the short ribs (time that I promise you will not regret).  We found the braised short ribs recipe on the Pioneer Woman.  I was able to find the Trenne shaped pasta at our local Whole Foods, but you can also purchase it here or substitute it with a regular penne shaped pasta.  I also whipped up an easy side dish of baked acorn squash which we topped generously with parmesan cheese and black truffle salt.

We followed the Pioneer Woman's recipe almost exactly except once the short ribs were done, we pulled the meat off the bones and boiled the cooking liquid until it reduced by half.  While this was boiling we cooked the trenne pasta to al dente and sauteed the kale with some garlic and set aside. 

Now the final step was to fry up the pasta and add the rest of the ingredients.  Basically you are heating up some butter or oil in a large saute pan, throwing the pasta in and shaking the pasta until you achieve a nice golden brown color and a slight crispy finish.  You can reference this recipe for more detailed instructions on the pan frying.  Once the pasta is nice and crispy add the kale, short rib meat, and some of the reduced cooking liquid.  Reheat all of the ingredients and let the flavors come together over medium heat and serve with some fresh grated Paremsan cheese.  Enjoy!   

We also stopped by Bottega earlier in the day to pick up some desserts. I am not even going to try to act like I could recreate these. Somethings are just better left to the professionals. 

 {lemon tart, caramel budino, vanilla bean cream custard with raspberries & pistachio}


  1. now if only we can recreate the Bianco pizza....

  2. i die for that trenne pasta!

    also...i like your belt.

  3. Oh, my gosh - that looks amazing! I think I may try it for Valentine's Day weekend, which also happens to be my husband's birthday weekend. :) Thanks for sharing this, and doing all the recipe research!


  4. This looks absolutely delicious. I will have to try it!
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