Bye Bye 2015, Hola 2016!
I did say the other day that if my dinner turned out well, you will be seeing it in the blog today, didn’t I? Well, I thought they looked alright, so yeah, I’ll start 2016 with a cooking post!
As the title implied, I didn’t do much. Baked pasta sounds easy enough, doesn’t it? Unless if you are a proper chef, then it would be a complicated process. I’ve seen Jamie Oliver and gang do countless baked pasta dishes over the years, and they more or less go along these steps:
- Sear/grill the meat in a pan,
- Add vegetables in and saute,
- Add tomato puree in and let the meat/vegetables sauce cook on low heat for an hour or two,
- Boil pasta,
- Add boiled pasta into the pan and cook for a bit more, mixing everything up,
- Pour into a oven safe casserole, sprinkle cheese,
- Put into the oven at at 220°C for a few minutes to get the cheese crispy.
I’m comparing with these steps. I’m not comparing with the “Go to a restaurant, pay, eat, leave” step.
- Boil pasta (macaroni),
- Pour pasta and the other ingredients into a oven safe casserole (defrosted frozen peas, mushrooms, tomato and basil puree, olive oil, pepper) and mix them all up,
- Sprinkle with chopped bacon and shredded mozarella cheese,
- Put into oven at 180°C for 25 minutes to get everything cooked.
No grilling, no sauteing, no slow cooking/stewing, no getting another pan dirty to be washed later.
But it works. It does the job of getting everything cooked and safe to consume. And… I mean… here, look…
Nice? Hell yeah…
But the taste was… Well, you see I did not add salt into the mixture before baking. It wasn’t because of some well thought out decision. I ran out of salt and forgot to buy more. I couldn’t add any even if I had wanted to. So the taste was… fine, but… let’s just say it could use a pinch of salt to bring everything together…
Still… Fine is fine, right? And, when it comes to blogging, it is the looks that matter.
Nice! I was probably eating better than a lot of those lovey dovey couples did in restaurants…