Maria’s Breakfast Pasta

While I was stationed in Germany, my best buddy from the sixth grade Charley lived across the Mosel River.  That’s when I met his lovely wife Italian wife Maria. Maria is a fantastic cook. So much so that I told her she should open her own restaurant. It was Maria that taught me how to cook all things Italian and breakfast pasta is one of my favorites.

 

bREAKFAST pASTA

 

Ingredients:

Leftover Pasta.  I like spaghetti but you can use any pasta.

Parmesan cheese

One egg

Bacon

Butter

 

Directions

Heat the pasta in a medium sauce pan over low heat with a table spoon of butter or a little olive oil.

When pasta is warm, cover it evenly with a generous amount of Parmesan cheese.  You can’t really skimp on the cheese. Cover and keep warm.

Chop up bacon and fry it up.  DON’T THROW AWAY THE GREASE IT’S IMPORTANT.

While the bacon is cooking, whip up one egg.

Make a little nest in your pasta for the egg.  Now is a good time to season the pasta with garlic powder to taste.

Place the RAW egg into that little nest you made making sure that most of the egg doesn’t go anywhere.

When the bacon is ready, pour the whole thing (grease and all) directly on the egg.

When the hot grease has cooked the egg, toss the pasta to spread out all that bacony, cheesy goodness.

Garnish with chopped parsley if you want to add some color.

Yum.

Pancakes to Smile For

This is more of a technique than a recipe. But great for kids.

A while back I was obsessed to form the perfectly round pancake. While trying to fix one that went horribly wrong, I noticed something when I flipped it.

So…that began the big art project. Here’s how to do it.

Using a spoon, make two tiny pancakes.  About dime sized.  Then a long curvy one.
Using a spoon, make two tiny pancakes. About dime sized. Then a long curvy one.

 

Then ladle in the rest of the pancake.  Aim for round.
Then ladle in the rest of the pancake. Aim for round.

WHEN YOU FLIP IT, IT LOOKS LIKE THIS….

pancake-smile-003

SERVE.
SERVE.