Easy Comfort Food
This morning I am presenting the following recipes for CBC's Weekend Morning Show, with host Terry MacLeod.
Both dishes are so easy to prepare, that I made them this morning in short order.
Local honey from Beeproject Apiaries can be purchased directly through them. They will deliver, within a reasonable distance.
1.Honey Sautéed Zucchini (with Lavender)
1-2 sliced zucchinis (sliced on the bias)
pinch lavender flowers (optional)
Heat a sauté pan and add the honey and then the lavender. Add the zucchini slices and cook until done. Serve.
2. Baked Cheesy Pasta
(for a large baking dish)
2 pkgs short pasta (farfalle, penne, shells, etc.)
1 large tin diced tomatoes
1 head roasted garlic
1-2 onions, sliced
1-2 dried red chilies, crushed
1 tbs dried oregano
pepper, to taste
chipotle peppers, or other chilies ½ tsp (optional)
2 cups heavy cream
good pinch nutmeg
white wine or vodka
Cheeses: your favourites, such as blue, chevré, brie, gruyere, Emmenthaler, etc., crumbled or grated in a large bowl.
Grate and crumble cheese. Cook pasta less than time recommended. That is, if the dried pasta package recommends 10 minutes, take off 2+ minutes in cooking time.
Cook sliced onions in a large saucepan with some olive oil. Add tomatoes and spices. Add garlic and red wine or vodka. Bring up to a simmer. Now make the white sauce IN the red sauce. That is, add cream, nutmeg and white wine or vodka.
I don’t add salt to the sauce as the cheese is salty enough.
Drain pasta and add to cheese. Add sauce and stir thoroughly. Fill a large baking dish with the mixture and bake at 350ºF until bubbly.
Let rest for a few minutes and serve.
Hint: When reheating, bring to hot temperature, covered, in an oven. A microwave will result in an unpleasant and mushy pasta.
*other optional ingredients include, red wine, vodka, roasted red peppers, sautéed mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes, cooked bacon, cooked chicken, Crispy onions, etc.