I wish I could tell you that the post that Blogger ate was the next great American novel. Full of wit, heartbreak, and redemption but alas the post and the meal, I thought were mediocre and bland, at best. Which is ironic but really not ironic but because I used ironic wrong, will be ironic in and of itself because everyone liked this meal... except me.
Fettuccine with Artichokes and Beans: (Real Simple October 2008)
Serves 4 (I also doubled this recipe)
3/4 pound fettuccine
1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 15.5-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed
1 13.75-ounce can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
kosher salt and black pepper
1 slice white bread, toasted *I used about a cup of bread crumbs
1 teaspoon dried oregano *I used fresh and a lot more
a good splash of white white
Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking water. Drain the pasta and return it to the pot.Meanwhile, heat 1/4 cup of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the beans, artichokes, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cook until heated through, 3 to 4 minutes * Here's where I added some white white and let it cook off.Pulse the bread in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. Add the oregano and the remaining teaspoon of oil and pulse until just combined. Toss the pasta with the artichoke mixture and reserved pasta water. Sprinkle with the bread crumbs.
Tasting Notes: Would I make this dish again? Yes. Why? Because A) the kids all liked it and it was easy and fast. And B) THIS DISH HAS POTENTIAL, DAMN IT! It's like the movies. You know the one about the ugly duckling that no one thinks is beautiful but that one guy sees through that ugly duckling facade. He knows he can make her into becoming someone special by taking off her glasses, plucking her brows, getting her a hair cut and taking her shopping in one ten minute montage scene with lots of laughing, twirling in a new dress and topped off with a kiss, all the while I'm Walking On Sunshine is playing in the background. Yeah, this pasta is like that. My montage scene includes more garlic, a squeeze of lemon, and maybe a little lemon zest. Then I would present my dish to the amazement of others. Then I would get high fives all around and people would talk about my culinary prowess. (oops, we changed to a sports movie but it's the same idea.) all the while Eye of The Tiger is playing in the background.
It's the eye of the tiger, it's the cream of the fight
Risin' up to the challenge of our rival
And the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night
And he's watchin' us all in the eye of the tiger
Cut and Scene!
either I'm super awesome or terribly nerdy... I can't decide