Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sunflower and Rose Petal pasta~

J'aime beaucoup cette jolie recette..un coup de coeur~

I was perusing a book in a store while waiting for my husband..The book was so cute..a cookbook for pasta shaped like a pasta box..I briefly scanned it with my eyes.. wanting to see if there would be recipes of interest..I spotted Sunflower and Rose Petal pasta..and thought of returning to buy the book..but the reviews.. of the book were not wonderful because of it's size..The pages would not stay open etc..Too thick..long and lean..
I regretted not having the recipe..
Par hasard..I Googled it and there was one..:)

I had a sunflower in the garden and some last fleeting roses..all pesticide -free.. I gathered what I needed and decided to give it a try..

It's such a pretty pasta..and when would I have the perfect ings again this summer?

Since it is fleeting!

I will make it again..perhaps I'll add a few ings..
I liked it very much and so did my friend who came for dinner at the last minute..She is moving..I will miss her.
Jacques said he likes my other pasta recipes better..
Maybe I'll add pancetta..then he will like it more:)

But for  us..the 2 worked well..
Taking a photo when the light is tricky..picture it prettier:)
Far prettier..,like an end of summer garrden on a plate~

The pine nuts..toasted..were my addition..and we added lots of fresh parmigiana cheese~
The original was seen in Spaguetti  by Carla Bardi~
I may still order it..It looked  good to me..  

La Recette~
Courtesy of Food Recipe online..

Spaghetti with Rose and Sunflower Petals Recipe



Serves 4-6

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups/375 g chopped tomatoes
  • petals from 1 sunflower, coarsely chopped (leave a few whole, to garnish)
  • petals from 1 rose, coarsely chopped (leave a few whole, to garnish)
  • 1 small bunch basil, torn
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 tbsp dry white wine
  • 1 lb/500 g spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup/60 g freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • fresh basil leaves, to garnish


  1. Sauté the garlic in the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat until pale gold.
  2. Stir in the tomatoes, chopped sunflower and rose petals, and basil. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook for 15 minutes, adding the wine as the mixture starts to dry out.
  4. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water until al dente. Drain and add to the pan with the sauce.
  5. Sprinkle with the Parmesan and garnish with the basil and the reserved flower petals. Toss gently and serve hot.

My notes..I reserved some pasta cooking liquid to add to the dish..and the toasted pine nuts~

Don't know if this is THE recipe I saw in the cute book..But it worked:)

The days of wine and roses.....and  sunflowers~

P.S. Reading   As Always,Julia...  so far good:)  I never thought the letters would be so interesting..But they are!


  1. Hello Monique!
    I have caught up here. Everything looks so pretty, I would hate to eat it!
    The scones have me wanting to bake, but it is such a beautiful summer day, and the beach calls louder than the oven!

    My blueberry did not produce one berry this year, it has been a bad year for flowers too. Hot and too many bugs due to the mild winter.

    You are right about CTS, more and more from China, and it makes the hunt more difficult. But it is the same at PB and WS too, the quality is just not there, and the prices are high. Some buy just because of the name, I do not!

    Your pics are just lovely, you do have the knack!
    Enjoy the rest of the summer. September is the best month here, imho. Weather is great, and the tourists have gone home! :)

  2. Hi there! I see how busy you have been..You were the inspiration for us to take a drive into beautiful Vermont~

    You live in a little paradise no wonder so many tourists..I have wondered of the famous gentleman that moved nearby you..and if he is still there?
    You are having so much fun w dishes and shopping..Nice you have pals to accompany you too!

  3. So so pretty Monique! I love the exquisite spaghetti! Must be so, so good!!

  4. Monique, you are so creative in the kitchen. This dish looks so pretty. And it looks to be the simple pasta dish I prefer. The sunflower images are magnificent!

  5. What a beautiful dish! You are so creative.



  6. I've never used flowers for cooking, well maybe a chive flower or two, but nothing this pretty. Your pasta is very impressive. And so are those pretty sunflowers.

  7. I hope you try it..Last night I ate at my friend's home and we added chili peppers at one point..The dried ones..I think it would make the flowers sing:)
    have a great day~

  8. Un joli plat de pâtes. Les tournesols sont superbes (je n'en ai pas mis cette année, j'ai totalement oublié...!) Bisous

  9. It is definitely pretty and I am sure just as tasty.

  10. That looks too good to eat....I love the vibrant colours...
    wow, you are too good.

  11. It certainly turned out beautifully! I love the addition of the petals. I am sure that it would be better with Pancetta, what wouldn't!

  12. Fascinating recipe. Would not have thought to add petals to a pasta. And, your pictures are wonderful!

  13. Love this... I think rose flavors are delicious in food but a great idea to use the petals them selves. I have no idea what a sunflower petal tastes like... you have piqued my interest!

  14. This recipe looks so pretty with the roses and sunflowers. Looks delicious too!


  15. Well, you've done it again, Mme. Magical! You've captured the essence of summer on a plate ~ absolutely gorgeous!

    Your photos are stunning, as always. ((hugs)) and much love, ~m.

  16. Oh my Monique, such a pretty dish!! I love it and you took such a lovely picture of it too! I love sunflowers. We have not grown any since we moved up North. I must change that next year. I love all that you do. I think YOU must live in a paradise! Perhaps one day I will visit. Much love and many hugs coming your way. XXOO

  17. It looks beautiful, M, and I bet it is delicious!
    Big weekend here, the kids are here, tomorrow night , our little community has the end of season party. We are having a man who has a refitted fire truck with a wood fired pizza oven. He makes all diff types of gourmet pizzas, salads, and gelato for dessert. The weather looks perfect here at the beach, so it looks like it will be a great family event. I am sure I will post pics!
    Enjoy the weekend!

  18. This looks gorgeous, I would never have thought of using rose petals in this way. Such a beautiful dish!

  19. Love the recipe! However, I'd like to check out that book you mentioned... Do you remember what it was called? Thanks!