I have been actively searching for easy, YUMMY, easy, YUMMY, easy recipes for dinner. I have found that if it takes longer than 30 minutes to make (and that is for ME to make it, not for a TV chef who cooks all day and can do stuff super fast) then it is NOT going to work for me.
One of my favorite TV shows is America’s Test Kitchen. They take a recipe and re-work it until it has the maximum YUM factor. Usually this means that the recipe is long with many ingredients, but I purchased their Cook’s County Best Lost Suppers recently and have found some simpler recipes to try.
The most recent triumph from that cookbook was this:
1 lb. wide egg noodles
2 TB olive oil
2 garlic cloves
1/2 ts dried basil
1/4 ts red pepper flakes
1 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
2 (5-oz) bags baby spinach
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
Cook the egg noodles with 1 ts salt until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta cooking water. Drain noodles.
Meanwhile, heat oil, garlic, basil, pepper flakes and 1/2 tx salt in saucepan over medium heat – about a minute. Add cottage cheese, Parmesan and broth – cook until thickened 2 to 4 minutes.
Stir the sauce into noodles adjusting liquid level with reserved pasta cooking water.
Stir in the spinach one handful at a time and cook until wilted – about 30 seconds.
Add parsley and season with salt and pepper.
ALL THREE OF MY BOYS ATE IT.
And I ate it.
And I ate the left-overs because it was YUMMY.
More recipes from Cook’s County can be found here.