Springtime comes and I get totally obsessed with adding fruit, and especially strawberries on everything. They have been on my salad every day this week, and I just can't get enough. What is your favorite thing to add to your salad?
So here's this week's meal. I was craving, needed, wanted some comfort food this week. Thankfully, it was a rainy beginning of the week, so I was able to play in the kitchen without a heat stroke.
Antipasto was a great start for the meal. I took some bell peppers, onion and lots of herbs, little ocean salt, pepper and olive oil, and set them in the oven on a low temperature. I let them slowly cook in the oven, while I was making the casserole, just get the juices going, the taste to get intense, but still having some crunch to them, and the vibrant colors. Absolutely lovely with some Serrano ham slices, and Balsamic vinegar, if so wanted.
This casserole is an old recipe, that is my childhood favorite. My mom used to make it a lot, and I loved it. Of course I haven't been able to capture completely the taste my mom created way back when, so I always add something different to it, and make it my own thing.
I have added corn when I didn't have enough pasta, I have added tomatoes, peppers, chili, bacon, wine, yes, lots of variations over the years. This time I added four different cheeses, lots of herbs, and I have to admit, it came out great.
It is a great casserole to make ahead, or serve when a big group of family and friends are gathering, or make for a potluck dinner.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Have a great weekend, till next time
I'm a chef and a pastry chef, and I love food. Preparing a meal for someone is a show of love; for your craft, for the ingredients, and for the ones eating.
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