Wednesday, May 9, 2012

#PastaLove : Linguine with Tuyo and Kesong Puti

Last month's theme for Love Bloghop is #berrylove and I missed it (sigh).  Not because I did not know about it, but because of a busy life that I actually miss my own kitchen!

Well, for this month's #pastalove, I'm making time to write and share this recipe I enjoyed.  Simple and refreshing pasta with a Filipino twist on it. *wink*

It took me 30 years before I give in to taste our local cheese called Kesong Puti.  It's name was derived from it's color which is white.  It is soft, a little salty and sour made from unskimmed milk of carabao.  Shelf life of this cheese is short, just about 3 days after production for best taste.  Traditionally, it is wrapped in banana leaves and tied using banana tree's bark and are only sold in the provinces where it is produced, but now, one can buy kesong puti is some groceries vacuum packed.  Cool, isn't it?

from Google Images
My mom, aunts and grandparents raves whenever someone brings home kesong puti and I wonder why.  Who likes sour cheese? I really didn't understand until I had the courage to have a taste of it.  And boy, they had a reason why! It was really good.  Age does this to people, eh?

Aside from the Kesong Puti, which I just learned to eat recently, Tuyo or salted dried fish was also an acquired taste to me.  According to my mom, my grandad spoiled me with baby foods that resulted to me being so picky about the things I eat.  Again, I started eating this fish only after my college years.  Late bloomer, yes I am *wink*

These two well loved local favorites are present in this pasta recipe.  I tell you, this is very easy to do.  Eating this dish will bring back homeland memories (if you are a Filipino living somewhere else in the world) or have a feel on how Filipinos eat.

LINGUINE with TUYO and KESONG PUTI (Linguine with Dried Fish and Carabao Cheese)
Print this Recipe

200gms linguine pasta, cook as per package instructions
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 gloves of garlic, sliced
1/4 cup shredded dried fish
1/2 cup chopped ripe tomatoes, seeded
1/2 cup cubed kesong puti
1/4 cup sweet basil leaves, chopped

pepper flakes

In a sauteing pan over medium fire, heat olive oil and add garlic and until almost brown.  

Add in dried fish and cook for a minute.  Add in tomatoes and saute for 2 to 3 minutes or until tomatoes are soft but not dissolved.

Add pepper flakes, you decide how spicy you want this dish to be :)

Add in cooked pasta and mix.  Bring in kesong puti and mix for another minute.

Turn off heat and toss basil leaves.

Serve immediately.

NOTE: Linguine can be substituted with angel hair pasta or capellini.

May is #pastalove month!

Please join in on the #pastalove fun by linking up any pasta recipe for the month of May 2012.  Don't forget to link back to this post, so that your readers know to come stop by the #pastalove event!  The twitter hashtag is #pastalove

Co-hosting this month's #pastalove are the following talented foodies.  Go and check out what they made and be prepared to drool!

Astig Vegan
Badger Girl Learns to Cook
Elephant Eats
Mis Pensamientos
No One Likes Crumbley Cookies
Rico sin Azúcar
Simply Reem
Soni’s Food for Thought
Teaspoon of Spice
The Spicy RD
The Wimpy Vegetarian
Vegetarian Mamma
Vegan Yack Attack


  1. Dear Dudut,

    We would like to invite you to the launching of McCormick’s new Facebook app in the event “Discover Flavors”. Join us on May 10, 2012 as we explore zesty surprises behind McCormick's herbs and spices. We’ll be waiting for you at Fully Booked TopShelf, B6 Bonifacio High Street, 11th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig at 3:00pm.

    Don’t forget to RSVP to JC Pullan on or before May 9, 2012. You can reach him at the following contact details

    Mobile: 09166426832
    Telephone: 7503416

    See you there!


    Princess Tan
    for Dual Action Blender

  2. I love, love this dish! So yummy! Glad to see you joined the pasta bloghop! I'll be hopping on soon.

  3. so glad you are were able to join us for the bloghop, dudut! i love making fusion recipes! great pasta dish!

    1. i was glad as well that i was able to squeeze this in with my hectic schedule.

      happy #pastalove!

  4. So glad you could make it this time :)I love your pasta recipe and pics!!Lots of unique flavors coming together!
    Sending you some #pastalove :)

  5. Hi Dudut! I'm not a big fan of dried fish, but I certainly am of cheese! :-D
    Do you think Feta cheese would do? (I'm not sure I could find Carabao Cheese here where I live...)

    Sending you lots of #pastalove!

    1. Hi Helena!

      oh yeah, Feta cheese will defininitely work on this one :)

      thanks for stopping by!

  6. Nice that you incorporated a twist on your pasta from your home. Sending you #pastalove

    1. Thanks Suzanne!

      sending #pastalove your ways as well :)

  7. I can only imagine the wonderful flavors of this dish! I now want to try kesong puti - now where to get it.

    1. Hi Georgie!

      thanks for stopping i wish i can direct you where to buy this cheese where you live :( hope you can find some soon.

  8. I like ur blog. Im in makati. I got some nice italian recipes. Italianmike200341@yah

  9. Hmm! Sarap nyan Dudut! Never tried this one yet..

    I nominated you for "The Versatile Blogger" badge/award..

    I soooo love your twisted recipes!
    More power!

    1. thank you so much! i missed this comment...i'm so sorry to have replied so late...heading to your site now!

  10. This is a lovely Blog and I love you pasta recipe and the idea of linking Blogs. The photos are amazing too, just so yummy

    1. thanks so much Chef! I really appreciate your nice comments... :)

      hope you can visit my site again :)

      nice to meet you!

  11. Beautiful tuyo and linguini pasta dish! What a great way to put Pinoy ingredient to higher level :-) . Just cooked tuyo with pasta too this week minus the kesong puti. Thanks for sharing i'll try this recipe someday.

    1. Thanks so much Hilda for dropping by! i'm glad you like this post.

      let me know what you think of this recipe when you make it, will you?

      Thanks again!

  12. Tuyo and Kesong Puti what a wonderful recipe you've shared. I love Pinoy dishes too :-)

    1. Thanks so much Cheryl! glad you stooped by!

  13. I try this at home and its delicious.I'm proud that i made it perfect..hehe.. Thanks for sharing your knowledge in cooking.


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