here's something to be learned from even the simplest recipes, and this bowl proves the point.
Radicchio's bitter edge mellows once this vivid chicory spends seconds in a hot pan. That same pan, graced with a little olive oil, can then immediately coax firm grape tomatoes into almost-bursting beauties. Ziti tends to get baked into cheesy casseroles, and therefore I don't use it much. But a good dried brand of the pasta yields tender noodles seemingly made for spearing with a fork — especially when a small pillow of mozzarella comes along.
Toss those with more olive oil, the crunch of slender chives and a helping of nutty sesame seeds — the kind you can buy already roasted, on the Asian ingredients aisle — and the dish is done. I have to say, the sesame seeds bring the components together in an unexpected way.
While it's warm and filling and cheerful to behold, it can serve as a terrific pasta salad for lunch the next day.
Bonnie S. Benwick, Washington Post