With a mom named Rosemary, as kids we loved the catchy tune “Love grows where my Rosemary goes and nobody knows like me…” Today is her birthday, and so happy birthday mamma!
Of course, as good Italian boys, we think that she’s the best mother ever. And naturally, we think this makes her the best mother-in-law ever too. Just ask our wives. I mean who could resist the charms of a conservative, no nonsense Italian, Catholic school teacher mother-in-law who has strong opinions and still dotes on her adoring and perfect adult sons? So obvious, isn’t it? Therefore, I hereby declare September 12 to be National Mother-in-Law Day. To show their gratitude, I suggest that all the wives out there whip up a delicious bowl of Penne al Rosmarino for their own wonderful and deserving mothers-in-law. Sprinkle it with love and affection, and serve it with kindness. Then watch them smile with glee… as they thank their sons profusely. (Just remember, arsenic, cyanide and antifreeze show up during an autopsy.)
In a large skillet, sauté the onion in the olive oil and butter over a medium heat. When translucent, add the rosemary, garlic, and pine nuts. Cook for a few additional minutes and then add the white wine. Cook for an additional 5-10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Meanwhile bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta until al dente. Drain the pasta, retaining some of the cooking water. Add the pasta to the rosemary mixture and stir together until mixed well. Add some of the retained water if necessary. Sprinkle with pecorino cheese and serve immediately.