We like simple recipes with ingredients we love. This is one for us…sausage, mushrooms, and pasta. All loved, and this dish comes together in under an hour if I count my slow chopping skills and the time to boil water.
One of the side-effects of blogging with baby is that I don’t have as much time to make food. I am not the fastest person in the kitchen, and I think blogging helped speed me up a bit. I needed to be able to take pictures while cooking in a reasonable amount of time. Sure, my pictures were sometimes rushed or blurry, but I did okay. Usually, I could even take multiple pictures of a step and pick the best one. Well, nowadays I don’t always remember to even take a picture for a step, or there just isn’t time. Maybe we’re running late for dinner (not an issue with adults, but it is with a set dinner/bedtime routine for a toddler!), so I am rushing the food-making process, or my hands are dirty and I would need to stop, wash up, take a picture, dirty my hands again, wash up, etc. and I decide it isn’t worth it, or I just forget. Today’s recipe was more the dirty hand issue. Making dough recipes means flour gets everywhere. We had an ant outbreak this summer, and so I’ve been trying to be extra careful of where flour and other food particles end up in the kitchen. (Although, both sets of neighbors had ants really bad last year, and we didn’t have any, so I guess it might have just been our turn. Sigh.)
When I started this recipe, it began as a ricotta gnocchi recipe….it kind of went its own way into what I am calling savory pancakes. You could serve these as a main course (did that) or as a side dish (did that, too!). This was before I was feeding all the foods to the Fudgelet, so I can’t weigh in on his thoughts, but K and I liked them. Cheese, tomato, and a bit of broth…all good, here!
I had never made ciabatta before this, and it is so easy! There was a small snafu with the dough being too runny, but adding a bit of extra flour worked just fine. So, I consider this practically fool-proof. Plus, there is the added bonus of being able to make it ahead, making a pizza night even easier! You could totally make this bread and then turn it into pizza later that night, or the next day. The garlic/butter mixture will definitely keep the bread soft and pillowy.
K has requested soup, but he never has ideas for what soup he wants. So, I had most of the ingredients for this soup, and I made a few additions based on what I thought would taste good. It came together really easily, especially because I had the chopping done ahead of time.
Now, I am not an expert reviewer. I have not done endless research on food and brands to know what is best. All I know is that I usually take the cheap route when it comes to buying brands, and very rarely do I buy the fancier products. Well, since I started making tomato sauce more regularly, I have been buying a lot more tomatoes. And usually the canned kind since I am not always a big fan of the fresh tomatoes we get around here. (Dad–I miss your tomatoes so much! I should have had you bring some this summer.)
If you were here last week, you saw I made cavatelli from scratch. And, I mentioned having it two ways. This is not that different from the other method, but we liked it a bunch, so I want to share my steps here. My pictures aren’t the best, and some don’t quite match what I say to do. But, you know, do as I say, not as I do and all that. 😉 Cooking while trying to keep a baby happy? A bit tricky. Well, a lot tricky, actually.