Yesterday was a very busy day here at Casa Hagg.
Not only did I get to spend the day with two of my favorite kiddos in the world
~G (peanut butter face)
but we were also having a team-building , carb-loading pasta dinner for the girls’ JV soccer team..
We spent the morning playing race-cars , coloring big empty boxes & getting the house ready for the party
and having lunch 😉
When it was time for L to get on the school bus to kindergarten..
For the dinner I made a tossed garden salad ( nothing fancy, I never know who will eat what..)
made with sausage, ricotta, mozzarella & tomato sauce
beware.. calorie counting is prohibited for this dish… it is comfort food at it’s best
Baked shells with a parmesan-cream sauce & broccoli
here is what I used:
1 box of medium shells, cooked according to package, except reserve 1/2 cup of the starchy pasta water before draining.
1 stick of unsalted butter
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 pint half & half
2 cups chicken stock
1 8-ounce package of 5 cheese blend shredded cheese
2 cups frozen broccoli, defrosted & chopped.
here is what I did:
in large stockpot ( the same one that I boiled the shells in, they were chillin’ in the colander in the sink)
Melt the butter over medium heat; add the flour & whisk with a whisk to make a slurry.
Let cook for about a minute to let the raw flour taste cook off; slowly add the half & half, whisking constantly.. then do the same with the chicken stock.
Add a pinch of nutmeg, stir occasionally as the mixture thickens.. season with salt & pepper; Add shredded cheese & let cook until the cheese is all melty.
Add the pasta & stir to combine, adding some reserved pasta liquid, starting with 1/2 cup, then adding more if needed.
Stir in broccoli & pour entire mixture into a buttered baking dish.
Top with grated Parmesan cheese, cover with foil & bake in a 350 degree oven for 1/2 hour.
As I went for my second helping last night, I promised myself a day of all vegetables today as retribution..
I keep reminding myself of that as I know that there is just enough of this in my fridge for lunch should I decide to break my promise with myself & indulge.
Which I won’t.
Yeah, I won’t.