Family Dinner Series Week Six reinforced two lessons.
One, childhood meals make the best family dinners.
And two, our eyes are bigger than our stomachs.
After Uncle Bud requested I make "Pasta and Veg", a staple from our younger years, I called Mom.
"I don't think I even have a recipe for that," she said. "I think I modeled it after something from Bertucci's. It was a fake!"
She told me to get some pasta, parmesan, chicken broth and garlic, and run with it.
I instead found a recipe that included all of those ingredients, and ran with THAT.
The recipe called for one pound of pasta, and because my Tuesday schedule was a little unpredictable (do we all have jobs that are affected by Election Day?) I decided to cook it off the night before. I cooked it, drained it, and tossed it in a bowl with a small amount of olive oil to keep it from sticking. As I wrapped it up, in walked Uncle Bud.
"That's it? Seriously?"
I tried to tell him that a pound of pasta was all the recipe called for but to no avail.
"Bridge. I could eat that by myself."
I doubled the recipe.
Well kids, if anyone wants any delicious pasta with grilled veggies, chicken, and a garlicy cream sauce, come on over. Uncle Bud and I both brought it for lunch every day this week, I froze a big container of it, and I still have some left. Oy vey.
Conclusion? One pound of pasta will feed three people. Especially when appetizers include kielbasa. (Thanks, Alias.)