My Food Network Magazine subscription has paid for itself 10 times over. I have gotten so many wonderful ideas from each month’s pages… last night’s dinner was no exception. The recipe came from the April 2010 mag.
I was on my own for dinner last night. I had been looking through recipes on my lunch hour and decided on making the Orecchiette Salad with Roast Beef. I stopped at the store for some ingredients before heading home from work.
8 ounces orecchiette pasta (little flying saucer-shaped discs)
1 cup bocconcini (small mozzarella balls), halved
1 cup marinated artichoke hearts, quartered
8 small sweet marinated peppers, quartered
3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint or basil (I used mint since I already had it)
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
4 cups baby arugula
6 ounces of deli-sliced roast beef – cut into strips
Kosher salt and ground pepper
The above is for 4 servings – I cut it in 1/2 and have lunch for today.
Per Serving: Calories 500, Fat 22 grams, Sodium 548 mg, Carbs 51 g, Fiber 3 g, Protein 26 g.
I got the pot of boiling water started while doing my “ingredients” photo shoot. It was second nature for me to rip into the pasta package once the salted water came to a roaring boil…WHOOPS! Hadn’t gotten a good photo at that point, so I had to tape the back of the ripped package, LOL.
I’m an orecchiette pasta newbie – hadn’t ever cooked that shape before. There was definitely some hooking up going on in the pot. They all wanted to be up inside each other. 😉
While the pasta was cooking, I combined the bocconcini, artichokes, marinated peppers and mint in a serving bowl.
I was pretty much ready to eat straight from that bowl. I then added the olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste… then I gave it a good toss. I kept tasting the flying saucer noodles and each time determined that they needed more play time in the pot. Wink, wink!
Once the noodles were FINALLY ready… I drained them and set them aside. Do not rinse the pasta…very important.
The next step was to add them to the mixing bowl to toss again. The last step is to add the sliced roast beef and the arugula and yep…you guessed it – toss again… and if you are crazy like me… plate, photograph and then you can EAT! Hah!
We’ve been having some pretty incredible weather lately. I ended up sitting outside eating my salad while Higgy played. The neighbors probably think I’m crazy. 27 photographs, 5 different locations… then the girl finally sits down to eat – on a different plate… every night. Gotta love having a 2 story house right behind us, ugh!
I later found myself in front of the TV watching Top Chef Masters. They were cooking some pretty exotic/scary stuff – even I’m not brave enough for that. Black chicken, monkfish liver, sea cucumber, duck tongue, kangaroo, goat, geoduck and other exotic surf and turf. I preferred the show’s Simpsons cartoon Quickfire Challenge – The chefs had to create dishes inspired by a Simpsons character. Donuts, grilled cheese, pasta, sloppy d’ohs …way more my thing. I did not know that Lisa Simpson became a vegetarian in season 7.
While I don’t think I could be a full-time vegetarian, I definitely could do it 4-5 days a week. Sometimes I just gotta have a burger or like tonight… roast beef.
Have a great weekend everybody!