Monday, January 17, 2011

{ spaghetti prima vera }

This is not your ordinary spaghetti, but it is delicious and can be made in under 30 minutes with less than $10 in ingredients.

1. Cook your pasta.

2. Meanwhile in a medium dutch oven heat up a tbsp of olive oil then add: 1 diced onion, 2 diced bell peppers (1 red, 1 orange), 2 stalks of celery, diced, 1 minced clove of garlic. Stir until the veggies are softened and just starting to brown then add 1 cup diced pre-cooked ham, 1 tsp dried oregano, sprinkle of lawry salt and freshly ground pepper (those last two seem to go in everything I make - other than chocolate cake!).

3. Now make a roux by adding 1/4 flour to the veggies. Stir well with a wooden spoon.

4. Now make bechemel by adding 1% milk gradually to the veggies/flour mixture. Stir well with a whisk. Keep adding milk until it's nice and saucy. Stir until thickened. Add 1/2 cup grated cheddar (or Parmesan would be good, but we didn't have any!). Stir until cheese is melted.

5. Before you drain your pasta, scoop out 1/2 cup of that nice starchy water and save it in case you need to thin your sauce a bit.

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  1. This look absolutely delicious :)

  2. Looks yummy...and listen to you with all your fancy smancy kitchen words...'roux' and 'bechemel';)

  3. Thanks so much for this!!! So easy and I have all the ingredients. Had some left over pasta from last night and I wanted to make something for lunch just now. This will be perfect.