Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Midweek Food Musings: Impromptu Artichoke and Red Onion atop Orecchiette

It was Monday night, the week of Thanksgiving, after work,  after fighting the masses who also needed to do Thanksgiving shopping after work. Yikes. So, I wasn’t exactly “prepared” to make dinner…but, well, I was hungry, as was Seth (my husband!). So, I took inventory and put something together. The results? A nice dish—I will make on purpose in the future...

Basically my thinking was this: I don’t have meat, I don’t really want meat (after all, we’ll be eating plenty o’ turkey on Thursday), I do want something green, and something with pasta.  So this is what I put together:

Orecchiette  pasta (“little ears”—or tiny bowl-shaped pasta)
Marinated artichoke hearts in jars
Red onions
White wine
Fresh parmesan cheese

I sautéed the red onions in a bit of olive oil, and after a bit, added the artichokes. After that, I added some white wine.

Meanwhile, I cooked the pasta. Once it was cook, I added it to the red onion-artichoke mixture, topped it with the cheese and chives, and voila, dinner was done!

Well, okay, I did make a leafy green salad with cucumber and toasted almonds, and a light vinaigrette (actually it was just white balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper—and a squeeze of fresh lime).

On Tuesday I brought some for lunch, and Seth enjoyed it yet again, for dinner! (I was out teaching…) The mark of a successful dish? First and second-day pleasure. Yay! Another one has been added to the collection… Hope you like it! 

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