Ultimate Beef Macaroni and Cheese

Yesterday, I made a pot roast.

Today, I used the leftover sauce to make a pasta risotto that formed the basis of the world's beefiest mac and cheese.

Pasta Topping Principles?

Pasta is a great food for post-holidays... it's cheap, it can be light, it's quick and amenable to advance prep. In short, pasta is very, very hackable and gives you a lot of options. However, perhaps paradoxically because of the fact that there are so many options, it's easy to get into a rut and, well, I'm in a rut. Rather than my beloved marinara sauce and olives, I decided to try something different based on ingredients I had lying around:

It's Time to Empty the Fridge... and I Find Frozen Pasta

At the end of the month I am moving to a new apartment. It is a better apartment in a nicer neighborhood with a dramatically shorter commute... but of course it's also more expensive (net +$400/month). Hey, what's money for anyway?

As I am (a) really busy and (b) have an old back injury, I intend to leave the moving and cleaning to professionals, but there is always some prep I need to do. Among other things, this of course means it's time to clean out the fridge.

Drunken Spaghetti Feels No Pain

I've been a bit obsessed with the idea of Spaghetti All’Ubriaco, or drunken spaghetti since I read about a couple of weeks ago over on Serious Eats. What is drunken spaghetti?

Uses for parmesan rinds


Don't throw out your parmesan rinds. Instead, add them to all sorts of simmering foods to add a depth of flavor:

  • Soups
  • Sauces (particularly tomato sauces)
  • Rice dishes (particularly risotto)
  • Beans
  • Potatoes
  • Pasta

Remove the rind before serving.

This should work with other sorts of hard-rind cheeses as well.

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