Tuesday, February 17, 2009

As promised..

Here's one of my favorite one pot dishes. Its a great use up for leftover cheese, pasta, vegetables, etc. It's like a complete meal in one pot and is ready in less than 45 minutes. I call it pot o'crap

2 cups cheese (anything you've got on hand, i used leftover ricotta and it was awesome)
1lb chicken (cooked or uncooked, doesn't matter)
3 slices of bacon (if you've got some on hand)
2 tablespoons butter
1 onion chopped
3 cloves garlic minced
2 carrots chopped
2 tablespoons flour
1 can evaporated milk plus some regular milk if necessary
leftover vegetables (fresh, frozen, cooked, whatever you've got) chopped
1/2lb to 1lb pasta (whatever you've got)
1 tablespoon Emeril's Essence
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 handful of fresh herbs finely chopped (whatever you've got on hand)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Breadcrumbs (if you've got some)

Preheat oven to 350. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. In a large dutch oven cook the bacon. Add some additional olive oil or butter to the pot and add the garlic, onions, and carrots until soft. Add the flour and cook for a couple of minutes, reduce heat to med. low and add the milk. Add the spices and cheese and allow to thicken.

Add the pasta to the boiling water. When the pasta is about 2 minutes from being done add the vegetables and allow them to steam in the pasta water. Drain. Add the vegetables and pasta to the cheese mixture. Top the pasta mixture with the bread crumbs and additional cheese if you'd like. Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown and bubbly on top.


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