1. says:

    April 29, 2015 at 7:23 am

    Actually, as a teenager I was more a mms and a coffee for lunch kind of girl. I’m glad I’ve grown out of it.
    And yes, pesto is just the most amazing thing, and it just blends well in almost everything and I’ve made a lot of different versions.
    Loved your pics 🙂

    • tworedbowls says:

      May 4, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      Coffee and M&Ms sounds kind of like my ideal lunch right now!! Thanks so much for the kind words, Su!

  2. themoonblushbaker says:

    April 29, 2015 at 8:29 am

    This is me a little kid to a T! I was the one who always had a packet of something in the class. What can I say? I like my food now. I can not believe how perfect your pasta is and the fact you made so many! They all look the same! You are so talented 🙂

    • tworedbowls says:

      May 4, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      YES! High-five. We would have been total snack buddies in school. 🙂 And you’re too sweet, Belinda! I think my orecchiette benefit from strength in numbers… 😉 they have “character” up close!

  3. says:

    April 29, 2015 at 8:31 am

    I was a school lunch kind of girl, the best day was nacho day (once a month) but I was really in it for the Little Debbie zebra cakes they gave out on those days haha. I love everything about this – the freshness, the cute little pastas, and the school memories! I want a big plate of this for lunch now. Beautiful pasta, and beautiful photos Cynthia!

    • tworedbowls says:

      May 4, 2015 at 12:57 pm

      I totally forgot about school nachos!!! Oh man, that cheese. And I miss Little Debbie with fervor, lol! Thanks so much for stopping by, Erica 🙂

  4. says:

    April 29, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Pasta and pesto is pretty much all I ate three years in a row while at university, but I love this posh version! Orechiette are one of my favourite pastas – the little ears are just so cute! And photographed beautifully by you, as always x

    • tworedbowls says:

      May 5, 2015 at 9:20 am

      Three years of pesto pasta sounds incredible. (I also REALLY miss university eating habits. 2 AM waffles and cheese fries and fried chicken sandwiches…… ahhhh!)

    • tworedbowls says:

      May 5, 2015 at 9:21 am

      Aw, thanks so much Laura!!! (PS If I had a machine, I’d be all over the machine pastas too!!)

  5. says:

    April 29, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Haha I loved this! I was totally the packed lunch kid, and alllllways sneaked bites of lunch while in class in the morning. In fact, once I was in high school I packed my lunch with items strategically chosen for their optimal sneaking ability. I could only imagine the noses that would get turned if I had pulled out as something as lovely and fragrant as this pesto dish though – this sounds amazing! And that pasta! Brilliant. Thanks for that helpful link on how to properly use a mortar and pestle for the pesto too. Happy Wednesday to you Cynthia! <3

  6. says:

    April 29, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Ha! I will forever be a PB &J kid. That and a Dukes mayo sandwich is what I grew up on. I love this pasta with the cilantro in the pesto.. So good!

    • tworedbowls says:

      May 5, 2015 at 9:24 am

      Right?! Those two will never get old……… although now more often you can find me eating peanut butter with a spoon than on a sandwich. Thank you so much for always making me smile, Erika!

  7. says:

    April 29, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Cynthia, this is lovely as always. I love the way you introduce this dish. I was a school lunch person. But my bestie was a packed lunch and I used to beg her for her doritos in class. It was our secret struggle. She was a goodie two shoes though and would wait diligently until lunchtime to carefully unpack her lunch, while I waited on the lunch line for yet another tuna sandwich or oven pizza. Wah wah. Gorgeous pasta and pesto. Come cook for me!!

  8. vikalinkafood says:

    April 29, 2015 at 11:11 am

    You made your own orecchiette!! I am so inspired now! Pesto sauce has always been one of my favourites, in fact I have a little container of freshly made pesto flecked with whole pine nuts in my fridge right now. Looking at your gorgeous photos makes me want to run to the kitchen and start making my own pasta to match the sauce… but I have a huge project due so not much cooking is happening lately. The photos look magical, Cynthia and so are your friend’s lunches. My kids don’t allow me to do anything remotely interesting for their lunches-ham and cheese sandwiches is all they want although ham is often Parma ham and cheese is always Edam. 🙂

  9. says:

    April 29, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    I was totally a lunch-bringing type of kid – though I will confess, back in my high school days when my metabolism worked faster than a gazelle-hunting cheetah, I would always always always manage to eat my lunch by first period. Yeah, life choices – so I’d usually end up buying lunch, too! Can I just say that the idea of homemade pasta and pesto for lunch sounds so good right now? Because it really does! Hope you’re having a great week!

  10. says:

    April 29, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Cynthia, this is seriously stunning! I love the combo of dreamy homemade pasta (and yes, orecchiette is the best isn’t it?!) with that fresh herb pesto and the savoury sausage. It sounds *so* delicious and exactly what I want for my dinner tonight.

  11. says:

    April 29, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    This looks so good Cynthia! I’ve always been a packed lunch kid – my mum used to make me super cool bento boxes but now it tends to just be me whacking together some leftovers with some grains and veggies which is still good but this looks amazing! I also remember my first pesto experience too when my friend had a bursting ciabatta sandwich with halloumi and pesto – I tried it and never looked back! I also love love love pesto with chestnut mushrooms – the earthy flavours pair perfectly together!

  12. says:

    April 29, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Ooh did not know you didn’t need a pasta machine to make orechiette, must try this asap!

    At my school lunch was free but it was usually pretty healthy – homecooked rice and beans + meat, veggies, salads and a dessert. Once every couple months we had McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, or chicken nugget day and it was like a mass stampede to the cafeteria. So I was so surprised when I discovered that in the US kids had cheeseburgers, pizza, chips, etc. for lunch everyday. Crazyyyy

  13. says:

    April 29, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    I was totally a bring my lunch kind of kid! Well, except on chicken finger day, our school had the best chicken fingers (so much so that less kids skipped school on those days, sad right?). The vegan friendly ingredient list in the pasta dough makes me SO happy and I think I just found my weekend project : )

  14. says:

    April 29, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    I grew up in Europe, so lunch was totally different. And now as a mom and foodie I send my son to school with a packed lunch. Pesto is his favourite, so you’ve got his vote 🙂
    Thanks for sharing these stunning pictures. SO gorgeous.
    All the best.

  15. says:

    April 29, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    First thought that came into my mind when I saw this post was “how much fun would it be to shape orecchiette with Cynthia right now.” You’re seriously a master orecchiette makers cause they look PERF!! Then again, I’m pretty sure you could make a used paper towel roll look good…soo…there’s that. I was right there with you and was totally a school lunch kid except for special field trip days when bentos made their appearances. Also, french bread pizza boats 5EVA. I can still clearly recall how awesome I thought those were. Especially when the little ‘pepperonis’ got extra crispy. LOL.

  16. says:

    April 30, 2015 at 6:39 am

    I can’t believe these orecchiette! They are so perfect!! And dressing them with pesto is the best because it goes in all the pockets. Wow!
    Actually I am happy I grew up in a culture where packed lunch pretty much does not exist at school. Ha! I had lunch at home. But I love to bring my own food to work 🙂

  17. says:

    April 30, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    I usually also just bought my lunch at school but when my mom did pack it, I always had an American cheese sandwich with white bread and margine (looking back now….eeewwwww?!?!). Also, I would have never known what pesto was at that age!

  18. says:

    April 30, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    These photos are incredible, Cynthia! As always, your styling is perfection.
    And hahah, when I attended school I always had a packed lunch. I was so envious of the kids that were served fresh, hot meals everyday. The grass is always greener, right….

  19. says:

    May 1, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Cynthia, this is the best!!!! it’s so cute and beautiful and it feels like we’re having lunch together on a rainy day. 😀 I especially love that picture of your hand pressing indentations on the little orecchietes. And do you remember my post several months back about Asian lunches at school? I think I was so traumatized as a child I had a serious aversion to packing anything before I hit college. Mainly because I didn’t want to stink up the place, but also because everything American/Mexican at school sounded more appealing than stale Korean food, since all we had in the fridge was kimchi and a bunch of Korean ingredients. If I wanted a sandwich it would be bread, mayo, Oscar Mayer ham (and not the soft kind). Hah! And that part about chewing furiously is too cute. I can imagine a cute little/young Cynthia doing that with a mischievous look on the face. 😉

  20. conniechoi says:

    May 1, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    LOL I can totally relate. I almost always bought my lunches at school too, and I envied classmates who had packed lunches. This dish screams spring and is so dreamy. The stylish is so incredibly gorgeous, as always. When I look at these photos, I imagine you in an herb forest, making pesto in a woodsy kitchen hehe

  21. says:

    May 4, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Beautiful as always. The fold down zip lock without the zip totally brought me back to my PJ & J sandwich days! 🙂 And Oh my goodness – the things we thought we were getting away in high school. I bet the teachers so knew. I look at kids now and see how they try to either trick me and most of the time I let it go and let them have the thrill of “getting away” and I always think… man… this was what the adults saw when I was their age 🙂

  22. says:

    May 5, 2015 at 5:18 am

    I was totally a lunch buyer, but we always snuck off campus for lunch (is it sneaking if it’s allowed?). However, I DID spend an exorbitant amount of my lunch money buying a loaf of french bread with a BOWL of ranch dressing to dip it in almost every day of freshman year during our morning snack break. If my mom ever packed me a pesto sandwich, I’d think she was a lunch packing wizard too! This is the prettiest orecchiette I’ve ever seen and I’m in awe that you did it all by hand!

  23. Anne MC says:

    May 6, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Hello ! wild garlic is still in season here in the UK and I am lucky that I can find some in the forest near me. (Even luckier than nobody else seems interested in foraging for wild garlic) Pesto I made. Orecchiette I prepared following your recipe and a great meal my family had. Thanks ! I am equally glad that it was a cold and grey day when I prepared the orecchiette because as I wasn’t able to go outside, I started the pasta early at 5 pm. It took me almost 90 minutes to shape all those little ears !!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2 minutes to boil, 1 minute to eat – I know I know : I should eat more slowly…

  24. Nikki B says:

    May 6, 2015 at 11:09 am

    This is so perfect! I was just thinking of going to a special store for some fun-shaped pasta, and i find your recipe that leaves me breathless! Why buy when you can make your own, especially since we never eat pasta, so extra efford will make only better! I am a little bit concerned that there is no egg in the recipe. Oh, well, i guess just need to try it out 🙂
    I wish kids now would eat all this beautiful colors, would of gladly made fun colorful lunches, but all my boys want is cheese sandwiches.

  25. says:

    June 8, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Beautiful, GORGEOUS blog! Just found yours! I can’t wait to try your recipes! Also, wanted to ask, where did you find those gorgeous dishware? Thanks!

  26. Sarah says:

    June 26, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Hello! I was wondering if the semolina flour could be substituted? I live in Japan and it’s pretty rare to find semolina flour in my area!


    • tworedbowls says:

      June 27, 2017 at 1:06 pm

      Hi Sarah — wow, Japan!!! You can use all-purpose instead if that’s all you have. The pasta won’t be quite the same — more like the skins of boiled Asian dumplings, if that makes sense — but should still work. I hope you enjoy!

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