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07 December 2014 @ 01:10 pm
December Posting Meme, Dec 7  
For today, my favorite recipe for something vegetarian for [personal profile] antares_dw

I am an avowed carnivore, and am not really much of a cook, so my stockpile of vegetarian recipes is pretty thin. My quick and easy fallback recipe is something my family calls Pasta Lidia. My mom got it off a TV cook, named Lidia something. It's a quick and easy recipe. It originally called for shrimp, but when we had a surprise dinner guest who was vegetarian, I discovered that I could exclude the meat, and have a very tasty, very quick pasta dinner.

Lidia-type Pasta

Green Pepper
1 can chopped tomatoes

Cook onion, garlic, and green pepper in heated olive oil about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook about 20 - 30 minutes, covered, on low heat.

Boil your pasta over the last few minutes, drain, then add to the vegetables and toss. ** My mother doesn't drain the pasta, she just uses a slotted spoon to transfer it from the water to the vegetables.

There is also a side dish that my brother's girlfriend has introduced to our family dinners. Cheesy Potatoes!! These are absolutely terrible for the diet and wonderful for the tastebuds!!!

6-7 large potatoes
20 oz sour cream
16 oz cheddar cheese
1 bunch scallions or chives
1 1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper
1/2 tsp Paprika

Rub potatoes with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. The key is letting them cool completely. Then, grate coarsely (apparently lengthwise, in one direction only). You can keep the skins on.

In large bowl, mix sour cream, chopped scallions or chives, cheese (sharp cheddar and Colby Jack are good too), salt, pepper, and paprika. (Disclaimer: she notes that she doesn't actually follow the amounts above, just adds things until 'it looks right')

Fold in grated potatoes and spoon into a casserole dish. Add more cheese and scallions on top. Finish with a shake of paprika.

Bake at 350 for 60 - 90 minutes until top is bubbly.

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