Tuesday, May 24, 2011

What You Should Have Eaten #26

Spaghetti con Aglio e Olio

Should be a very simple meal that even the kids will eat. Spaghetti is a weekly staple at the house, but the kids don’t eat it with sauce, just parmesan cheese. Hopefully this won’t seem too different for them. I’ll doctor it with some cheese, just for them.

This is actually a bit of a gimme. Frozen breadsticks, bagged salad, and spaghetti. Does it get much easier?

It’s quick, too. Nothing to chop or prepare, and that’s nice.

You might notice that I left out the tomato and onion salad and decided to replace it with a regular bagged salad. I don’t eat onions, so I’m not going to eat a dish where half of it is onion.

For a Rachel Ray meal, this was pretty ordinary. Good, but ordinary.


Kate said...

Did you use whole wheat pasta? I tried that for awhile but it just always made the dish taste different.

On a side note I made a variation of this the other night with a ton of basil and parsley from my garden - also I never do this without cheese, because what's a pasta without cheese?

Do the kids eat seafood at all? I've got an awesome recipe for a pasta with mussels which I *love*.

Rob Rosenblatt said...

I use whole wheat pasta during the week, and the Kroger brand really isn't that bad. I've had some that are just awful, though.

The kids don't eat seafood. There's a recipe on here from a couple of months back where I made some great pasta with mussels. I was the only one who ate it.

Kate said...

Oh, bummer, it's a Wednesday night treat for us. One word: saffron...

I just can't go with the taste of the whole wheat stuff. I'd probably deal with it with certain sauces (marinara, carbonara, anything really strong) but for something like the olio e aglio I thought the taste of it really interfered.

Rob Rosenblatt said...

Apparently spice prices are a little different across the pond. Over here, a few strands in a Spice Island jar runs about $20. Little too rich for my tastes.

I agree that sauces will hide the taste pretty adequately, but this is pretty much all the kids have known, so they're okay with it.

Kate said...

No, it's still expensive over here, but not that bad. A little jar with a wee amount in is about 3.50 pounds, but it's strong enough that a little goes a long way. The 3.50 jar will go two mussels-with-pasta meals, and I can deal with that. $20 I couldn't.

Jeff used to make pasta every now and again and we grew to appreciate tasting the pasta as well as the sauce instead of the pasta just being the carrier for the sauce. I wish he'd make it more - it's awesome.

Kate said...

By the way, there's a blog out there called Beth Fish Reads that does a weekend food thing every week, people link in what they've blogged about food whether recipes or cooking or books. You should post in on the weekends, it's a really active and inclusive group (and a great way to get a sudden lot of readers...they really are active).

Last weekend's post: http://www.bethfishreads.com/2011/05/weekend-cooking-cooking-from-man-with.html
I think she posts the linkies on Saturday.