Thursday, January 24, 2008

Robin's SSD


This week, I am participating in Robin's recipe carnival. That Robin, she is becoming the queen of the carnivals! Anyway, she asked this week for either snack foods or for recipes that feed a ton of people in preparation for the Super Bowl. Although, to be honest, the Super Bowl no longer holds any allure for me. Oh, well, there's always next year.


I have posted this recipe for Picky Eater's Pasta before and I made it again just last night. It has evidently turned into my "what am I gonna cook?" recipe for Wednesday night. My daughter and I teach CFC class at the same Church where lil man attends CFC classes. This leaves hubby at home by himsef and we have to eat before he gets home from work. This is NOT usual in my house.
Picky Eater's Pasta
Ingredients:
1 lb spaghetti, uncooked
2 boxes chicken broth
2 T bacon grease or olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 large carrot, diced
6 cloves garlic, peeled and diced
1/2 lb bacon (Cut into bite-sized pieces) or pork or sausage or whatever your family will eat or nothing.
Pour broth into saucepan and heat just to boiling. Turn down heat and keep warm.I
n large pan (I use my Calphalon everyday pan for this) brown the bacon if that is what you are using. Then remove the bacon and save the grease in the pan. In the same pan, saute onion, carrot and garlic until onions are translucent. At this point you can add the meat back in and mix well. I have made this without meat and it also works REALLY well.
Now, add the spaghetti. Do not break it or cook it or try to do anything with it at this point. Just put it in the pan and let it sort of brown a little bit and absorb whatever grease is still in the pan. Then add two ladles full of the already heated broth. In just a couple of minutes, the pasta will start to soften. Stir.
Add another ladle full of broth and stir well. Wait until the liquid is almost completely absorbed and add another ladle.Repeat this until the broth is almost completely gone. As the pasta cooks, it makes the most amazing, creamy sauce. There is a whole long explanation about starches breaking down and carbs decomposing and a bunch of other stuff like that but I think it is just plain magic.


Anyway, my daughter LOVES this, my grandson eats this, my husband pretends that he is the first and second string team of whatever football team y'all are rooting for. This is an adaptation of a Rachael Ray recipe. I deleted the beans because my husband is on a restricted protein diet. That sounds very wifely, doesn't it? Actually, I deleted the beans because I didn't have any in the house the first time I made it. If you want to make the original recipe, here is the link to Rachael's recipe (pictured, courtesy of the Food Network).


23 comments:

lisa's chaos said...

YOu must love that pasta, I may have to break down and give it a go.

ChrisB said...

Anything pasta is a hit with me~ so I know I would enjoy this dish.

Beckie said...

It looks good. We are having a lack of inspiration around here as far as what would be good to eat. I'm off to check out the recipe.

homebutnotalone said...

This sounds great, thanks for posting.

homebutnotalone said...

This sounds great, thanks for posting.

homebutnotalone said...

This sounds great, thanks for posting.

Robin (the PENSIEVE one) said...

Sandy, how much do I love the name of this dish? It sounds like one that would be a winner in our household...EVERYONE loves pasta. It's nice to have a new take on an old stand-by.

Thank you for posting and playing along with Recipe Round Up and Snackalicious. I'm pretty sure I've gained five pounds just from reading this morning :/.

At least it's been a FUN way to go!

Michelle Pendergrass said...

Oh, now that sounds good! I don't have any bacon right now though SO, I'll have to wait the 4 days til payday and get some! :)

Let me know if you make the soup and how you like it!

Kaytabug said...

Hummm this does sound good. I might have to give it a try. You know what sounds REALLY good? I saw on her show this week (I do not normally watch)a recipe called Buffalo Chicken Chili Mac. You can get the recipe or just check it out at her shows website.

AHHHHH I just saw your quote above the comment box....I love that quote, I have it on my Myspace page! :)

Catwoman said...

When I saw the pictures I thought "wow! Mine looked NOTHING like that! Obviously she's a much better cook than I am!" And then I clicked on the link and saw that it was Rachel Ray's picture, so I felt a tad less untalented! :)

Karen said...

That looks so good...I'm always so thankful to have something different to do with my pasta. I'm pasting this into my virtual recipe book after I post this. :)

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

I love your visual of CJ doing the SNOOPY dance!! What a great thought!!

Hallie :-)

Christine said...

OMG, Sandy! I made this last night with bacon, and my husband who is NOT a big pasta fan, LOVED it, and said I could make this anytime I wanted.

Thanks for sharing!

3foldcord said...

Oh an interesting take on spaghetti pasta! Will have to try!!

Hootin' Anni said...

That looks and sounds so scrumptious!!! Sandy, I WILL try this for sure, as we both love pasta around here.

And I've had a lot of bloggin' friends tell me that the google reader isn't picking up my blogging for some reason. I've tried to remedy it from my end, but to no avail. So, I'm telling anyone who utilizes it that to remember, if you wish to visit me........I blog every day. LOL

Have a great evening.

kitten said...

That sounds wonderful!

ellen b. said...

Oh girl~! that looks so good. I'm coming over next Wednesday!! Thanks for this wonderful looking recipe...

Junebug said...

Sandy,
That looks good. You know that cup of coffee that you had with your name in it? I thought that you had gone somewhere for coffee and they made that for you. Coffee art. I know they can do that. But anyway for a laugh?

Rurality said...

Mmm! I'm so glad you visited my blog, otherwise I wouldn't have this great recipe! :)

Beccy said...

I am so going to try this, it sounds delicious and just the kind of dish my family would devourer.

Bev said...

that looks and sounds so delicious, we will have to give that a try!

Beverly

Joy T. said...

I don't need to see the original recipe because this sounds devine. Yum! I'll be printing this one out :o)

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