Asparagus Parmesan

6 05 2009


This recipe wins the SUPER FAST, SUPER EASY award hands down.


You cook in the microwave and it takes less than 10 minutes.


It was a fabulous side to steak and roasted potato fries (revisited!)

Asparagus Parmesan

Serves 2


  • 1 9 oz. box frozen asparagus cuts
  • 1 c. sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. grated Parm


  1. Place asparagus in microwavable bowl.
  2. Microwave on high 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in remaining ingredients except Parm.
  4. Microwave 2 to 4 minutes longer, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly heated.
  5. Sprinkle with Parm before serving.

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Macaroni and 3 Cheeses

6 10 2008

Yes, another pre-wedding post ūüôā

As promised, Part 2 of the Rachel Ray 30-Minute Meal!  Mac & 3 Cheeses.  Can you say DELISH?

This was the easier of the two recipes for the dinner and WF even¬†requested the recipe so he could make it for himself while I’m at my parents’ getting ready for the wedding.¬† Anytime WF wants to make the recipe himself, I know I’ve done a good job.¬† But are we really surprised?¬† I mean, it’s a pasta dish.

I was planning to use gemelli pasta because I thought we still had some, but I was wrong.  So I used rotini which was fine, but I definitely recommend something like gemelli or cavatappi.

I also didn’t enjoy the bread crumbs on top like I normally enjoy bread crumbs.¬† I think I was looking for the creamy, smooth texture of mac and cheese and the bread crumbs just messed with that a bit.¬† WF liked them though.

The recipe calls for fresh thyme, rosemary & parsley.  I only used fresh parsley and went dried for the other two.  Not a big deal, as far as I could tell.

Mac & 3 Cheeses

Serves 2 or 3

Stuff you need:

  • 1/2 lb. pasta
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1 c. shredded sharp cheddar
  • 1/4 c. shredded Asiago
  • 1/4 c. shredded Parmesan
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 c. Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1¬†Tbsp. chopped fresh thyme (or¬†use dried)
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary (or¬†use dried)
  • 1/8 c. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsely

What to do with that stuff:

  1. Set oven to broiler setting.
  2. Put a large pot of water on to boil and cook pasta until slightly undercooked.
  3. Melt butter in a saucepan and stir in flour.
  4. Whisk in milk.
  5. Bring to a bubble.
  6. Cook to thicken milk, 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. Add cheddar, Asiago, Parmesan, and black pepper.
  8. Stir to melt cheese.
  9. Drain pasta and combine with cheese sauce and transfer to a baking dish.
  10. Place bread crumbs in a bowl, add olive oil, thyme, rosemary, and parsley.
  11. Stir to combine and top the pasta and cheese.
  12. Place under broiler to brown bread crumbs.

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