These simple and delicious scallops are based on the Chilean Pil-Pil sauce. Dried hot red chiles are mandatory, as are garlic and olive oil; the sauce invariably accompanies seafood. In Chile the recipe is served in individual earthenware dishes and eaten with bread to scoop up the sauce.
Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson creates a simple summery sauce by blending roasted red peppers with traditional pesto ingredients, like basil and pine nuts, to toss with cool angel hair pasta. The pesto freezes beautifully and is also delicious spread on grilled cheese sandwiches or swirled into soups.
This is an easy version of a classic dish from Spain called fideus, which requires toasting pasta in a pot on the stove, stirring constantly. This pasta simply gets baked in the oven until it’s wonderfully crisp.
Laab—ground beef seasoned with chiles, lime juice, fish sauce, and mint—is a traditional Thai meat salad eaten warm or at room temperature. We’ve added thin noodles to turn it into a pasta salad, but you can always eat the meat mixture by itself; just cut down on the fish sauce, or the beef may be too salty.
Rossejat de fideos, a traditional seafood dish of Spain’s Catalonia region, resembles paella but instead of rice, it calls for fideos, fine vermicelli-like pasta. Here, the pasta browns in hot oil until toasty, then cooks slowly in a deliciously rich stock, made with the lobster shells, soaking up all the flavor.