is today, October 17th and I almost missed it.
Actually, ANY Day WITHOUT Pasta is a day I don’t have very often.
And I was raised to call it Macaroni.
in the plural.
Sometimes Noodles…….noodles could be macaroni. Like lasagna noodles….
Pasta was something we didn’t talk about when I was young, back in the olden days….
We had Baked Macaroni and Cheese for Friday nights – and nothing out of blue boxes then either.
We had Prince Macaroni on Wednesdays….It was called the Prince Macaroni Plant. The facility was sold in 2014 and now Prince Pasta is part of a mega conglomerate.This bridge was (is) in Lowell MA.
….or whatever brand of macaroni was on sale, although we an an awful lot of Mueller’s.
And now, for my sad rather pathetic recent macaroni story. It starts with broccoli….
I saw a beautiful, lovely, absolutely GORGEOUS head of broccoli at the store. I had purchased some feta at the Farmer’s Market and I remembered a dish that was Feta, Broccoli and Rice from Jeanne Lemlin’s Quick Vegetarian Pleasures that I had not made in far too long
This is soooo simple.
- Put the rice on to cook – I found the jar with rice, then a found another jar, with a little less rice….so I measured out the water, sauteed the rice, added the water and a little salt and set it up to boil.
- I rinsed and broke apart the broccoli into bite sized bits.
- I realized the original recipe called for tomatoes, choose to not use them, and got out some crushed hot pepper.
- I put some olive oil in a big saute pan, let it heat. Added the broccoli, stirred around, then added some water and put on the lid. The lid was the wrong lid – too small….couldn’t find the right lid. The water was evaporating too fast – add a little more water. Add the crushed red pepper and some salt – very little – there’s feta coming up – and stir around.
- Timer dings – rice is ready! Open the rice pot – the rice has swelled and there’s lots of water on top!….Did I use too much water? Why yes, I had – twice as much water as I needed. But the size, the shape….had I used the last of the orzo instead of the dregs of rice????
- Why yes, yes, I had! What NOW?????
- Drain the pasta – which had cooked for 20 minutes and if it hadn’t been orzo it might just be glop….
- Add the overcooked orzo to the broccoli, turn the heat up for a bit to get a little more saute action going….now the liquid is evaporating…..stir stir stir
- Add the crumbled feta, stir and adjust the seasonings – it actually needed a little more salt because the pasta was SOOO waterlogged.
- Serve and enjoy. On the plate and hot it was good. The next day for lunch, with a little more oil and vinegar, it was great pasta/broccoli/feta salad.
- New Rule – label ALL jars in the cupboard.
- Although this dish is very good with rice – Orzo would be even quicker.