The Big Easy
After walking around in the freezing cold celebrating BARACK OBAMA’s inauguration, I really didn’t feel like cooking much, but still wanted something warm and easy. And I certainly didn’t feel like fighting with squash for an hour, especially after such a lovefest filled day. I mentally scanned the pantry and remembered all of those boxes of pasta that we’ve stockpiled for nights just like this.
I also decided that I didn’t feel like taking out a cutting board, I didn’t feel like using a knife and I didn’t want to get another pot dirty. So here’s my no-cook, no-knife pasta dinner. Don’t worry, I didn’t say no fat.
Throw the pasta of choice (we used whole wheat spaghetti) into boiling salted water, when there’s just about 2 minutes left, add in torn spinach leaves. See, torn, not sliced, not diced. No knife. Torn with my hands.
While the water is coming to a boil, on the very plate you’ll be using to eat the pasta, grate parm cheese, grate one clove of garlic and add a pat or two of butter. When the pasta is finished, add that to the same plate. Mix together. Sprinkle on salt, black pepper, more parm cheese and red pepper flakes. And more butter.