When I was growing up my mother would often use this expression; Like “You haven’t cleaned your room in a month of Sundays” or “It seems like a month of Sundays since you called” – the latter said to me as an adult no longer living at home, obviously meant to be a minor guilt trip. Just think how long a real month of Sundays is!
Anyway, I feel like I’ve been gone a month of Sundays when in fact it’s been just over a month. I don’t know why I went on hiatus from my blog – I just did. I had some distractions – work being a major obligation of late; then I got hooked on watching Orange Is The New Black and every night and free minute I had I would escape to Netflix and indulge myself with back to back episodes and no commercials. And then, OMG my neighbor gave us the complete set of Breaking Bad which we watched every night into the wee hours of the next morning. Not excuses, just reasons.
I’ve decided to devote a week or two (or three?) of blogs to my second favorite food – PASTA! Well actually we called it macaroni. I think this obsession/passion for pasta is the direct result of dieting. After all, when you are abstaining or at least eating a lot less of some favorite food of yours, don’t you find yourself hungering for it (pun intended)? I just love cooking and eating pasta and although I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, these recipes are just not your mother’s macaroni. In my house we had two kinds of macaroni meals; Shells, Ziti or Rigatoni with gravy (red sauce) and meatballs or Linguine with olive oil, garlic and parsley.
Today being Sunday, I’m starting my macaroni marathon with the meal I made tonight. The butter coaxes the sweetness from the cabbage.
SPAGHETTI WITH SAVOY CABBAGE AND BREADCRUMBS
8 oz of spaghetti, linguine or angel hair pasta
5 TBS unsalted butter
1-2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced or minced
1/2 cup fresh (not dried) breadcrumbs (from a rustic loaf)
9 cups of thinly sliced Savoy cabbage (1 medium head)
1/2 cup water
3 TBS heavy cream
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese plus more for garnish
Bring pot of salted water to boil. Cook pasta until al dente according package directions. Reserve 1/2 – 3/4 cup pasta water.
Meanwhile, melt 2 TBS butter in medium skillet over medium heat. Cook garlic till fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in breadcrumbs. Season with salt and pepper. Cook stirring until breadcrumbs are golden brown, 4-5 minutes.
Melt remaining 3 TBS butter in large high-sided skillet or braising pan over medium high heat. Add cabbage, season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat, cook until slightly wilted 3-4 minutes. Add 1/2 cup water. Cook, covered until tender about 4 minutes. Uncover, and let any water evaporate. Stir in cream. Cook until sauce is reduced and thick enough to coat cabbage, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper.
Add pasta and reserved liquid to cabbage. Cook for 1 minute. Stir in cheese. Transfer to platter. Sprinkle breadcrumb mixture over top, and garnish with more cheese.
OPTIONAL: Serve topped with fried or poached eggs or crumbled bacon to add some protein.
Recipe from Martha Stewart Living
You can find all of my pasta recipes in the categories: We Called It Macaroni and Tasty Tidbits Tuesday and Everyday Food