Monday, June 7, 2010

Yummy Recipes

Day 142
I realized I hadn't tried any new recipes in a here are a couple. The pasta was a concoction of things I craved, found on sale, and just threw together. The tomatoes were so incredibly simple and delicious. I have never seen my family, including my 2 year old, devour something so happily. Enjoy!

Grilled Tomatoes
Six Roma tomatoes, sliced in half
Fresh Basil
Shredded Parmesan
A pinch of Salt and Pepper

Place them face down on a greased, hot grill for 2 minutes. Turn over and sprinkle with salt and pepper and let grill for another minute. Sprinkle with cheese and basil and serve.

Caramelized Onion and Leek Spaghetti
1 8 oz pkg of cream cheese (I used fat free and it tasted wonderful)
1 cup milk
5 onions, sliced thinly
3 stalks leeks, sliced thinly
4 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp olive oil
3 tsp salt
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
Italian bread crumbs to sprinkle on top when served

Caramelize the onions by letting them wilt in 2 tbsp butter, 1 tbsp olive oil, salt, garlic powder, sugar, and balsamic vinegar. They need to cook for about 30-40 minutes. Right before you're about to take them off the burner, pour in about a 1/2 cup of the water the pasta boiled in to the onions. Pour the hot mixture into a food processor, or blender with the cream cheese and blend until almost smooth. Put the mixture on the stove top and heat with milk. Toss the leeks in the same pan as the onions were caramelized in with butter and oil, salt and pepper and a tsp of sugar. Let them soften and become slightly translucent. Toss cooked spaghetti (make sure you salt to the pasta water) with the sauce and top with leeks and mix. Add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle Italian bread crumbs on top for additional seasoning and texture. You can also add them to the tomatoes!


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