Sunday, February 25, 2007

A New Comfort Food Recipe

One of my favorite bloggers, Ruth of Once Upon a Feast has started a weekly food event called Presto Pasta Nights. This is my first submission to her event!

I've told you about Martha Green before; she's a restaurant and bakery owner in Redlands who gives us a daily recipe on the local NPR station. I was scrolling through her recipes, looking for some pasta dishes, and this one caught my eye. I liked how the pasta cooked in the sauce, instead of being boiled in advance. Another thing I found especially tasty was the sweetness of the peas.

Baked Four-Cheese Pasta
4 slices bacon, chopped fine
1 small onion, chopped fine
2 cloves, garlic minced
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
½ lb penne or ziti
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup frozen peas
1 cup shredded Italian cheese blend

Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat to 450˚. Cook bacon, onion and garlic in large non-stick skillet over med-high heat until onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Add broth, cream, pasta and salt; cover and bring to boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring frequently until pasta is tender, about 15 minutes.

Remove from heat, stir in Parmesan cheese and peas; season with salt and pepper. Transfer to 2-quart casserole dish and sprinkle with shredded cheese. Bake until cheese is melted and spotty brown, about 5 minutes. Serves 4.

ALERT ALERT ALERT ALERT

This is a long time in coming, and I should have done it MONTHS ago. You may have seen several posts last year about my helping Ruth test a few recipes for a cookbook. Remember when I wrote about Ruth's Best Chile Ever? YOU can get that top-secret recipe if you buy her cookbook - either an e-book or on CD. Just go to her blog, Once Upon a Feast, and order from there. Believe me, it's worth every penny!



4 comments:

Ruth Daniels said...

Cyndi, the pasta sounds absolutely delicious.

Thanks for sharing it and joining Presto Pasta Nights.

Special thanks for mentioning my cookbook and very glad you like the chili.

Kalyn said...

Cyndi, for the longest time I haven't been able to leave comments. Then someone taught me the trick of opening the comment link in a new windown, which makes it open all the way. So just wanted to say I've been following with concern about your husband's eye accident and I'm very happy the news is a little better lately. Hoping for the best.

Kalyn said...

Oops, that's "window" not "windown!"

sher said...

Well now!!! I love 3 Cheese pasta, so that a recipe called 4 Cheese Pasta would send me over the top! Looks wonderful!!