Saturday, March 19, 2011

Sick Day Pasta

It's been such a busy time at work recently that I look forward to weekends with more happy anticipation than I ever have before.  Working in a college's Admissions office means that spring time is exceptionally hectic.  While others go on spring break or take a week to go south, we're busy working to put next fall's entering class together.  So, by the time 4:30 Friday afternoon arrived, I was ready to turn off my computer, flip the light switch, and leave the building.  Unfortunately, early on I realized that I wasn't feeling well, and that feeling only intensified as the day progressed.  Any day that I turn down a lunch hour, or lunch for that matter, means that something is very wrong!  Once I arrived at home, I settled in and had a very quiet night, having to cancel on babysitting for my two little grandsons (another clue that I am not well! - I'd never miss the chance to spend time with my boys). 

Having not eaten for the day, by late last night I was hungry but couldn't stand the thought of food - an odd conflict within.  So, I made what my mother might have made me when I was a little girl - some little pasta with just a touch of butter, salt, and pepper, which caused no problems and eased the hunger pangs. 

Today is a new day. 

Sick Day Pasta - so simple, yet so soothing

Small pasta, like acini de pepe or ditalini, cooked and drained
Pat of butter
little salt and pepper

...and, if you're feeling up to it, transform this simple dish to Pastina:
one beaten egg
grated parmesan, romano cheese
a little sprinkling of your favorite herbs
(beat egg and stir with drained, hot pasta, cheese, and herbs over low heat until egg is cooked through).

Hope you all have a great weekend!

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  1. I can relate, pasta is one of my favorite things to eat sick.

  2. Usually when I am sick I stick to bread and crackers, but this sounds much more appetizing.

  3. I love how simple the recipe is and my mom has made something similar for me before (she added feta cheese on the side). It tastes great and is very good sick food because it does not disturb one's tummy.

  4. This is so true, nothing is better than eating pasta when you aren't feeling well. This reminds me of when I was sick my grandma would make me ramen noodles, which probably wasn't too healthy but I loved eating them.

  5. I've never understood the concept of "sick food." Sure, soup tends to hit-the-spot when I'm under the weather, but the same could be said of a piping-hot steak or a roll of fresh sushi.

  6. Mama's food is always the best food! As a kid, nothing made my day better than eating a hot bowl of homemade pasta, with that special pinch of moma-love in it. Now I'm older, and those days are somewhat gone. But this recipe brings me back! so simple too, I bet a college kid could do it.

  7. Yes, yes, yes. Pasta is such a homely food. It can cure any sickness if it is made by a great cook. Not to toot my own horn, I'm pretty good. lol. Great post.