Portland: Davenport and Belmont Station
9 hours ago
(fka the corned beef hash gluttons'blog)
|cheesy pasta with arugula and avocado|
There's some food. It's kind of a good story, because I was off work by myself. Well, I mean, the FP was working, but I was off. I have trouble trying to figure out what to eat for lunch when the FP is at work. I mean, we have trouble deciding when we are both off, but it's way harder when it's just me. So, I kind of was in the mood for mac and cheese. But, I didn't want to make a big pot of it, which is usually what happens when I make it. I just wanted a little bit. And I wanted to try this technique that I saw on... pinterest. So, I kind of used stuff we had around the house. We had the pasta, and I think we had some cheese - pecorino, maybe some colby jack, and blue cheese. I believe I bought some milk, and the avocado. I hadn't planned on putting avocado in the pasta, but I saw avocados for an ok price, so I bought one.
Anyhoo, the technique is to boil the pasta until it's al dente. Then you save a little of the pasta water. You melt butter, then you add the pasta water and milk and let it cook. It's supposed to get kind of thick, since there is the starch from the pasta, and it's supposed to combine with the butter to make a roux. It kinda didn't really get very thick, but when it was boiling, I added the cheese and let it melt into it. Then I tossed the pasta back into the sauce. It wasn't as thick and creamy as regular mac and cheese, but it was cheesy enough. I found the arugula in the refrigerator, so I decided to add that and the avocado into it as well.
So, I wasn't too thrilled with the consistency of the cheese sauce, but actually, with the blue cheese, the arugula and avocado, it was pretty damn good. I sat on the couch with my bowl of gas producing comfort food and ate the shit out of it!