|I may be bone-tired (and a bit blurry), but I can still feed my family!|
"Easy" may be a little misleading. If you don't already have the right ingredients on hand, you're in for a rather long slog. Remember this, my friends, and freeze bits of this and that for when YOU are to pooped to cook. So what are the ingredients I used to throw this meal together?
- leftover spaghetti (if you stored this in the fridge w/a little oil to keep it from clumping, you don't have to add any extra oil in step 2)
- leftover tomato sauce from the freezer (if you ain't got this already prepared, don't expect easy!)
- an egg
- olive oil
- cottage cheese
- Asiago cheese
- 1 slice of stale bread
You have probably figured out by now that I am not a stickler for following recipes to the letter. Just think of this procedure as a template, and use whatever you have around. I mean, you have to have some sense of culinarity for this. (Yep, I made up that word.) You wouldn't want to substitute lime jello for the tomato sauce (probably), but the shape of the pasta and the exact types of cheese can be varied ad libitum and ad yummium.
Here, in an uncharacteristically structured presentation, is an illustrated step-by-step guide to recreating what Michael and Peter enjoyed on Friday night along with a rather nice Beaujolais. (I adore the "remnants" box next to the register at the wine store almost as much as the cheese ends basket at WF. You can try formerly pricey vintages at a nice discount, as long as you aren't looking for something very specific. And there can tend to be some questionable bottles in there, left unchosen by legions of shoppers for a very good reason; a little oenological knowledge is helpful here.)
|Step 1: Plop your cooked pasta in a baking dish.|
|Step 2: Add a drizzle of olive oil and 1 beaten egg and toss thoroughly, spreading the pasta out into a "crust" that fills the entire bottom of the dish.|
|Step 3: Add little mounds of cottage cheese or spread it out into a whole layer or spell out the name of your beloved, as desired.|
|Step 4: Carefully spoon your tomato sauce over the top, covering all the cottage cheese if possible. If you like some bites of pasta to get crunch/gummy (I do!), leave some noodles exposed around the edges.|