Meatless Day 2 – Penne Arrabbiata and Garlic Bread

Today was really hard.  I know I’ve mentioned before that I absolutely love Sundays, partially because N and I always do a roast on Sundays.  As part of vegetarian week, a roast was not an option and I struggled to come up with an alternative.  In the end, I decided on a nut roast and roasted veggies.  Sadly, the nut roast was not to be.  As a first time vegetarian, I didn’t realise that nut roasts were really only a “Christmas thing” and were pretty scarce any other time of the year.  We did manage to track one down in Whole Foods but N was loathe to pay that price for a teeny tiny, two serving loaf that was as hard as a brick.  I agreed.

So back home we went to regroup and come up with an alternative.  Thankfully the carrots and parsnips we bought are also needed in other recipes later in the week so there’s no loss there.  The sprouts we’ll just have to find another use for.

My gift for N for Valentine’s Day was a copy of The Silver Spoon (Phaidon Publishers)–a gorgeous, 2,000 page hardback cookbook of traditional Italian recipes.  There’s everything in there and (to my excitement) even 200-300 pages devoted to pastries, desserts and baking!  We thought it might be nice to choose a recipe from The Silver Spoon as an alternative.  A simple penne arrabbiata looked like a sure-fire winner, paired with some homemade garlic bread!  Carba-licious, I know, but we had to come up with something at the last minute and we had some amazing, homemade garlic and mushroom butter in the freezer that was begging to be used on some bread.

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It looks like a lot and, to be fair, I couldn’t finish it. But that was the serving size for 1 person sooooo….

Ingredient List:  (quantities found in The Silver Spoon)

  • Olive oil
  • Garlic cloves
  • fresh chilli, deseeded
  • canned chopped tomatoes
  • dried penne pasta
  • parsley

Super simple but super delicious.  We didn’t really miss the meat, but I couldn’t help but fantasise about my roast dinner last weekend.  I do think if vegetarianism takes hold in my diet, Sundays are definitely going to be the hardest struggle.


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