Friday, March 5, 2010

"You're cooking Grass for Dinner?"

So queried Patrick, upon peering into the pan merrily simmering on the stove whilst I sliced the roast beef. To be fair, I could sort of see his point.
And, since Ann asked what the pasta with my beautiful roast beef was, I'm obliged to tell all of you.

SORTA PASTA FLORENTINE


1 pound mini penne
10 ounces frozen chopped spinach
1/2 can diced tomatoes or 2 tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 onion, minced
30 turns fresh ground pepper
garlic powder

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil, and add the penne. Return to the boil, add the frozen spinach, and cook for 11 minutes. Pour into a colander to drain, and cover the colander with the pot lid. Pour the olive oil in the pasta pot, and return to the heat. Saute the minced onion for 1 to 2 minutes, then add the tomato and cook for 2 minutes more. Stir the pasta and spinach combo into the onion and tomato mixture, and add garlic powder and pepper to taste. Stir in more olive oil as needed to moisten the dish. Serve at once.
Also, for those who wondered, I can't thinly slice anything without this wonderful slicer. This is the turkey I made last night coming off the slicer.

The meat is held on a carraige which is pushed back and forth across the blade; you can make the slices as thick or thin as you like. This one was on clearance from Penney's for about $50, and, believe me, it was worth every penny of the cost!

16 comments:

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Thank You :) Thank You :)
Thank You :) It's on the menu for this week end!

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

I have to get one of those meat slicers. Saw something similar on a cooking show today! Looks great.

Pam said...

The pasta florentine looks and sounds delicious. I would love to have your meat slicer - I was wondering how you cut your roast beef so thin.

Paula said...

That does it. Make room -- I'm moving in with you! :-)

Pam said...

I have always, always wanted a meat slicer.

tamilyn said...

My parents bought a slicer like this when I was a child (and they were still married). I don't know what happened to it, but it would come in handy I'll bet.

Mickle in NZ said...

Wow, what a wonderful slicer. I remember watching the local butcher slice ham and bacon on one for Mum when I was little. I'm very impressed

And super thanks for the pasta recipe - very easy to scale down to Mickle size and I wont have to share with Zebby!

Mickle in NZ said...

p.s. - the word verification that has just popped up is "coldicat" - how did they know my Zeb is more and more sleeping under his quilt?

prairierunner said...

I wouldn't be without my slicer either........it's some of the best money I've ever spent!

Channon said...

Oh yum. I'll be having that for dinner the next night the Knight isn't home.

buffalodick said...

I'd like a good meat slicer..I had a cheap one once, and gave it away!

Tatersmama said...

ANYTHING with spinach in it is good in my book, but this looks (and sounds) fantastic! I would love a meat slicer, but since I can't afford meat very often due to prices here.... *sighs*

Honey the Great Dane said...

I actually think the green looks beautiful!

Great slicer!

Hsin-Yi

grace said...

wow, your very own slicer for $50? what a steal!
and hey--even cats and dogs feast on grass every now and again... :)

Nichole said...

Nice deal on the slicer!

~~louise~~ said...

So that's what you used to slice that beautiful roast beef. I gotta get me one.

Grass for dinner sounds good to me and I have all the ingredients. (The cupboards are bare around here I've been sick for days:)