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Ok. So, I’m cheating on Meatless Monday. But, in my defense this recipe could easily be re-created to become meatless. Vegetarian happens to be it’s alter-ego, and even without the ‘B’ of this BLT Pasta it will still be good.
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Earlier last week I was catching up on my DVR’s cooking shows, one of which is 30 Minute Meals with Rachael Ray. For whatever reason, I cannot get my DRV to record only the new episodes- even after repeat scoldings I still can’t get it to record right. I check my settings, and all seems to be correct with record options, but I still end up having to fish through old episodes, deleting multiple because I’ve already seen them. On this particular day I was thankful for my crazy-brained DVR because I ended up watching a re-runned 30 Minute Meals featuring her version of a BLT Pasta.
Total inspiration hit.
You see- this is a big deal for me. For the past month I have been dragging myself through meal planning.. surfing the web (pinterest, Eating Well, Cooking Light, Epicurious), browsing magazines, and watching the Food Channel in hopes for inspiration to create or even just to recreate something. I complained to my Fireman while meal planning for this week that I have no ideas.. his response: “Looks like you need to do some internet and magazine browsing.” Yep. Got that, buddy. Not working! I know
part of that most ALL of it comes from the fact that by the time I get home in the evening all I want to do is change into my comfies and lay around like a couch potato. Cheetos and Greek yogurt will do for dinner most every night. And with the Olympics consuming my television set for the past 10 days it sure makes it even easier to practice my potato habit.
But- this re-run RR episode spurred my creative brain function and got me to thinking.. and thinking I did for not only this pasta dish, but for three other meals to serve last week! Good going Rachael. You kind of annoy me sometimes, but its kinda like getting poked with a needle for a blood draw- you can’t help but watch (or is that just me?).
This pasta has all the components of a classic BLT- (Turkey) Bacon, Lettuce (Spinach), and (Oven-Roasted) Tomatoes. The cream-cheese based sauce stands in to represent the mayo that is a must for every BLT sandwich. I liked the idea of adding corn, like Rachael did for her version- it is so readily available and super fresh this time of year, so I couldn’t pass that up.
The recipe below calls for just one bulb of roasted garlic, but I ended up roasting off two whole bulbs- simply because we LOVE garlic in the CB house. It makes everything better. It is just about sinful to leave it out of a dish.
When you are removing your roasted garlic from the bulb, you can do one of two things: 1.) Squeeze the squishy cloves out with two fingers- scalding your fingers if you are like me and can’t wait for it to cool.. or 2.) Use a butter knife or fork to scoop out the cloves. The latter works out better for me and my fingertips.
Meatless or not, this will satisfy the pickiest of eaters. My Fireman admitted to his doubts about this pasta. He admitted to his feelings while scarfing his pasta down- recoiling his doubts between bites and deciding it was so, so good.
Never doubt me, you silly Fireman.