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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Mock (no - sauce) Mac n Cheese

Slumdog Millionaire - it's only the second movie we've seen in the past two years (the other was The Dark Night!) We needed dinner to soak up all the popcorn we ate- did you know you get free refills on popcorn now? It was too late to get into anything involved, and we didn't have a lot to choose from. I had toyed with the idea of a mac n cheese but wanted to do something super quick.

With the help of a little cheese and pasta water, it mimics a sauce but only takes about 15 minutes total time. And it's slightly healthier than a typical cheese/flour sauce. Try using hot marinated artichokes for a little zing!

Oh- and the movie? Two thumbs up! Fabulously done, great story, beautifully shot and a heart wrenching yet fascinating insight into a completely different world.

Mock (No Sauce) Macaroni and Cheese

2 cups of pasta (cook according to package)

While pasta is cooking, chop:
1/4-1/2 cup rough chopped olives (when chopping these, leave them on the large side)
1/4 -1/2 cup rough chopped artichoke heats (when chopping these, leave them on the large side)

Lightly drain, reserving one cup of the pasta water
Immediately return pasta to the same pot, adding a simple drizzle of olive oil to the bottom of the pot. Leave the flame off.

Quickly add and toss:

the olives and artichoke hearts

1/2 cup goat cheese (just eyeball this- goat cheese is to messy to measure, so just scoop some out of the package and crumble it as you are adding it in

1/2 - 1 cup of the pasta water (you may not need all of this- start with half and add more if the pasta is a bit dry.)

Lots of black pepper

Serve immediately in a large bowl- add grated Pecorino cheese and fresh ground black pepper on top.

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