as a reminder, i don't measure
while cooking. well, rarely do i
measure while cooking. baking?
yes. cooking? rarely. so i'll give
it a try and hope for the best.
i guess you should have been
standing at the counter with me
while i threw the ingredients together.
alas ... you weren't.
more's the pity.
i don't even have a name
for this dish ..
need to think of a
by george i think i've got it!
.. pinky promise pasta ..
♥ boil about 10 ounces of rotelle according to package directions.. i drained and rinsed mine a couple minutes early because it'd cook more in the crock pot. but if you want yours mushy go right ahead and cook it for the full allotted time. ahem.
♥ turn your crock pot setting to high.
♥ while your pasta's cooking gather these ingredients on the counter next to the crock pot:
* about 2/3 cup sundried tomatoes packed in oil
* 6 cups spinach, stems removed, rinsed, dried
* small container whole milk ricotta
* 3 large cloves garlic, minced
* dried herbs :: parsley, basil, oregano
* 1/2 cup heavy cream
* 1.5 cups whole milk
* 1.5 cups asiago or parmesan
* fresh cracked pepper
* 1/4 cup butter (**not** margarine!!!)
* 2 cups whole milk mozarella
♥ in a saucepan, melt the butter then add the pepper and minced garlic. when the garlic begins to turn color add the herbs and stir. then add the heavy cream and bring to just a simmer. add the milk and bring to just a simmer. add the cheese. stir until it begins to thicken and remove from the heat.
♥ spray or slather the crockpot with olive oil.
♥ put half the rotelle on the bottom of the pot.
♥ sprinkle half the sundried tomatoes here and there over the rotelle. then half the ricotta in dollops here and there. then half the spinach. now pour half the alfredo sauce over the spinach and top with half the mozarella.
♥ put the lid on and let it do its thing for about 30 minutes, maybe 40 minutes depending on your crock pot. the casserole should be hot all way through and you should still be able to distinguish the spinach for what it is. that's how it was the first night when i didn't take a picture. the leftover picture isn't as pretty.
♥ the first night i made a caesar salad. with the pasta leftovers tonight i made broccoli* and a cuke tomato salad with balsamic dressing.
about broccoli ::::: bring a saucepan of water to a rolling boil. add the broccoli. watch the clock for three minutes. drain. serve. perfection. pinky promise.