The other day I invited one of my friends from work and her husband over for dinner. In the course of our Facebook message conversation, the following happened (names have been hidden to protect the innocent):
I know better than to serve tofu when we have someone over for the first time, but “he doesn’t really eat vegetables”? That was going to take a little more thinking than the tact I was originally going to take. So, I thought back to the olden days (2 years ago), when I lived at home and vegetables were more of a side than a main attraction. And I dug this out of my recipe binder:
Between the stains on the original that was photocopied and the newer stains in the corners, you can tell this recipe has been made a few times. I remember eating this fairly regularly growing up, especially if we were having company. It’s a really simple and fast meal to put together, but it tastes delicious and will please almost anyone.
I tried searching online for the recipe, but I wasn’t able to come up with an original source, only that we’re not the only family who calls it one of their favorites. Brian and I almost exclusively use whole wheat pasta, but I purchased regular spaghetti for this recipe because it requires some mixing at the end and whole wheat pasta seems to break into tiny pieces. I also assemble the recipe slightly differently than the original.
Brian helped out by chopping up a bunch of vegetables and making a huge salad.
Everyone enjoyed the meal and we had a really fun evening together. My friend’s husband made the most of the bread and the spaghetti. He didn’t touch the salad. I guess she was right, he really doesn’t like vegetables.