So, the Barilla thing happened.* *Update Below*
And we had one box of Barilla Angel Hair pasta in the cupboard. Since we're kinda broke we hate to throw away food in protest (it's already paid for). Steve suggested we make a protest pasta somehow using the colors of the LGBT flag. I started to make a list: Red/Orange/Yellow bell peppers. Fresh Spinach. Blue Cheese. Red Onion (which is really purple). Here is the result:
I cut up each bell pepper in order and sauteed it in a pot with some oil and salt, until a little browned, but not completely cooked, so they retained a little bit of crunch. I then carefully spooned each row over the pasta.
I had the bunch of fresh spinach soaking in cold water in the sink (so the dirt can sink to the bottom). I then sauteed the spinach in the pot. Last was the red onion. In fact, we spooned on the red onion after the spinach, and then put the blue cheese on last, so the onion would hold the cheese in place. We know blue cheese isn't blue - we figure you get it.
I was afraid I would have little piles of vegetables in the middle of the huge plate of pasta. What happened is the vegetables totally covered the pasta! You can kind of see it peeking out at the top.
Steve posted it on his Tumblr.
We intended on putting it all back into the pot to mix it up. I thought it needed a bechemel sauce. And the bottom of the pot was dark with 'tasty bits' from all that sauteeing. So, I reheated the pan, put in some butter, then some flour, salt and pepper, and whisked it with a wire whisk until it was bubbling.
Then we added some milk, and I whisked and whisked until I scraped up most of those tasty bits. Then we put the whole platter of stuff into the pot and started tossing.
We had to add a little more milk. The blue cheese slices broke up, but didn't melt completely. Steve just kept tossing with the tongs.
Doesn't this look good?
We do a lot of cooking on Sundays so we have lunches and some dinners ready for the week. Even though this was for our lunches, we just had to have some fresh.
OHHHH LEMME TELL YA. Scraping up those darkened bits from the bottom of the pan gave the sauce such a wonderful smoky flavor. The blue cheese ended up being very subtle.
We will have to do this again. Just not with Barilla pasta. (See Symon sleeping on his bins past my shoulder?)
Three days' worth of lunches for next week. And a great recipe to add to our collection.
UPDATE 1: We discovered Garofalo pasta - first in a pro-LGBT ad, and then we realized they sell it at Butcher's Block (where we get meats) so we started buying it and realized it tastes so good! I could only find the ad in a story on Huffington Post, which also lists other pastas.
UPDATE 2: 11/19/14 Barilla has a change of heart. So, in a pinch, in the grocery store, we can now buy Barilla pasta again. But we prefer Garofalo.