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 People ask me about the name of my blog and the Radish part.  I used radishes because they are visual attractive, round and red. And when old, they are old a little caustic and biting.   Sometimes that is me

 I live in Northeastern Florida, and I moved here from Puget Sound of Washington.   My subject matter is always in flux.  I go through different crazes and my blog goes with me.  I enjoy food, photography, I love my family, and I am creative always.  I write about life.   Lately I have included some politics and religion.   

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July18, 2016/Pasta and leftover pasta

The Wheat Police managed to keep me from pasta for a while, I am embarrassed to say.  But as a Surgeon General once said, "Everybody"s gonna die of something, sometime." Life is short. I read a post by Sarah Jampel on Food 52.com about how to make pasta without a recipe.  I have lost the post even after writing to her and getting the post again.  Basically this is made up from my head, and you can do this too.  

 

For Mr. Radish and myself, I used half a box of penne, my favorite cut. In a frying pan, I sauteed some bulk sausage until it was brown , which I then took out of the pan and left some of the grease.  To the same skillet, saute onion, garlic,  then added cherry tomatoes, chopped pieces of zucchini, some tired spinach.  The sausage went back in the pan and I added some water from the cooking pasta and scraped the bottom of the pan to get a nice sauce.  I added some basil and there was my sauce for the cooking penne.  This is what is in my refrigerator in summer, but in winter my vegetables might be cabbage, broccoli, or canned tomatoes.  

 

But this is not the recipe.  

The recipe is to take any left over pasta from the night before.  Mr. Radish and I cannot eat half a box of penne. Add some olive oil to a cast iron skillet, on medium to low heat, when the oil is hot add any left over pasta. Fry this until it gets a little brown , then scrape it and turn it, until it is getting a little crisp.  If it is for lunch just eat it that way, if it is for breakfast, add an egg or two and scramble it.   This is the best.  

 

The picture above is the fried pasta

You will notice that there is only one amount listed. the penne for 2.  That is because you can make the rest up, or use what you happen to have.  If you like onions, put in a lot, if no one eats them eliminate them.  In the above case I had some tired old spinach.  I added the leaves that were good enough to eat.  If I had snap peas I could have added that instead of the zucchini.  

 

If you like pasta, this can be a once a week meal.  

Reader Comments (3)

I loved when you did this growing up, and I love doing a variation of it still today.

July 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMood Ring Mama

thanks Margaret. Glad you remembered.

July 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRadish

Pasta is always best the next day!

July 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMCVwasHere

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