Tuesday, May 10, 2005

generic casserole, plus news

This is more of a methodology than a recipe, but it produced darned tasty leftovers last night. All you need is leftover protein (chicken, beef, whatever), leftover veggies, some non-spaghetti-type pasta, butter, flour, milk, and cheese.

Cook the pasta to just under al dente, drain, and set aside.

Make a b├ęchamel sauce and then add a pile of grated cheese to it while still hot, stirring the cheese in until it melts. Stronger cheeses are better: sharp cheddar, parmesan, blue cheese etc. Taste for cheesiness and add more if necessary. Lots of fresh ground pepper works well too.

If your meat and veg aren't already in bite-size pieces, fix that.

Toss everything (meat, veg, pasta, cheese sauce) in a casserole dish and stir well. Top with more grated Parmesan. Pop in a 375F oven for 30-40 minutes. Yum!

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Now the news: if you're wondering why I haven't posted many recipes lately, it's because I haven't been spending a lot of time cooking. This is because I am pregnant. I haven't lost my desire to cook, I've just been trying to deal with fatigue and nausea, and cooking doesn't exactly help. It's all for a good cause though, and the yucky-sick-tired phase should be mostly over now, so look forward to more recipes in the months to come!

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