They say you should never go the market when you're hungry because you will over buy. But I think you should always be a little hungry because your hunger gets the creative juices flowing. I've put together lots of interesting dishes while shopping on an empty stomach.
I found these great "rigatoni giganti" at my local market and thought they'd be fun to stuff like manicotti. The bite sized pastas would fit perfectly in my au gratin dishes and make a pretty presentation. So I splurged and bought the package. I knew I had goat cheese, parmesan and mozzarella at home, so I just needed to fill in with some ricotta and fresh herbs. And here's what I came up with.