Saturday, July 23, 2016

Pasta Pronto

Yes, that's a 75 year old gas stove. It's nice having something older than me in the kitchen.

I love mac and cheese - homemade, even better, but once in a while will give in to the childhood craving for the "blue box" cheese (though come to think if it my Mom always made homemade - I think I found Kraft in college in the 80's with the raman noodles).

However, I found that you don't NEED to add a quarter of a stick of butter to it for it to be good.  It was when I traded in my well known brand for the Annie's  organic mac and cheese which doesn't instruct you to add butter that I realized how good it can be without all that added saturated fat.

Annie's isn't just for hipster mom's to serve to their kids after an afternoon of organic gardening and lacrosse - it's good for everyone, especially when I see that it's got less fat, sat and calories than the big name brand .

But still it was reserved for times I was teleworking and just needed a quick lunch.  But I hated to lose that 10 minutes to standing and stirring the pasta as it cooked. (that's the whole epitome of  I'm too busy "I don't have TIME to stir a pot of noodles!")

Little did I know all these years I didn't have to.

Thanks to my friend Carol at
I discovered her trick to easy fuss free pasta for two (I'm not sure if this would work in large amounts but for a serving for 2-3 it's perfect.)  Bring your water up to a full rolling boil, covered, pop the cover, pour the pasta in, give it a stir, and quickly cover it.

Then turn off the heat.

You heard me.  Turn off the heat, set the timer for 10 minutes and walk away.  Go do something you'd rather be doing.
Clean the garage  (I think I'll pass), pet the dog,. read your favorite blogs.

In 10 minutes you'll have perfect al dente pasta.

Now if I could just find a way to dry my hair every morning without the hair drier.


  1. Hari OM
    mmmmmmmmmmmm...mac'n'cheese. Always a winner!!!
    Eyes-on... YAM xx

  2. I am still in disbelief how well that method works! I suspect it would work for larger amounts too but it is perfect for smaller ones. It is so easy that we have pasta much more often. Glad you liked it too!


  3. Ok I love Mac and cheese! Soooo yummy!!

  4. In Canada we call the Kraft mac and cheese, Kraft dinner. Something I also discovered in college, and while homemade is better, I admit to missing lol!

    1. I have extended family from Montreal. They call it KD and say they can tell the difference in the taste between the two products (when they make it they use less butter and more milk, than the instructions on the box in the US).


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