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After a business trip to London on Friday and a 50th birthday, school friend get together on Friday night (very late night), coming back up to the NW yesterday, a carb and calorie laden meal was so needed.
I didn't know what the meal would be until I collected my gorgeous girl from our lovely friends and they told us what they were having for supper - macaroni cheese!
So thank you Emma, no thinking was needed - hoorah!
So here it is, unctuous, pangritata topped, leek mac and cheese, just perfect for reviving my very tired self!
The crunch of the pangritata topping against the soft, rich macaroni is quite heavenly. We ate it with a citrus sharp green salad - it evened out the richness of the nutmeg, dijon laced cheese sauce - a supper of yumminess!
Spaghetti with shrimp and spinach 😍! This is an awesome quick dinner recipe, it takes only 20-25 min to make. BTW I fully acknowledge that my shrimp look like meatballs 😶 but I stand by them because they are savoury and crispy and delicious 😤. I cooked the shrimp the same way that I had for the tacos -- adding orange juice 🍊 and letting it cook down into a sweet and savoury sauce. For the spaghetti sauce I basically just used pasta water and cheese, but you could add butter, olive oil, or an egg -- whatever you feel works for you, what you feel like eating, and what you have on hand. That’s the beauty of practical home cooking 😉 #dinewithmel.
SPAGHETTI WITH SHRIMP & SPINACH:
- Set spaghetti to boil.
- In a hot pan, sautee some garlic with olive oil. Add in shrimp, cook for a few minutes on each side. Once nearly cooked, reduce heat and pour in some orange juice. Let the juice simmer until reduced down into a sauce. If desired, add in breadcrumbs to give extra texture. Set aside while you prepare the spaghetti.
- Once spaghetti is cooked, reserve some pasta water, drain, and add to a skillet. Add in a few generous spoonfuls of parmesan cheese, the pasta water, freshly cracked pepper, and some nutritional yeast. Toss thoroughly.
- Add a generous handful of spinach at the very end, just cooking it long enough so that it wilts. (Do not let it cook for too long, it will become soft and release a lot of water).
- Plate the spaghetti. Add shrimp on top. Top with freshly grated cheese. Serve with a wedge of lemon if desired.
We were there about 10 minutes before they opened and there was already a queue of at least twenty people in front of their door. Understandable because the food served at Famiglia Baldassarre is undeniably fresh and delicious.
There is a certain purity in what they do as things are kept simple with a very compact but ever-changing menu. On any one day that you are there for lunch, you are likely to find two kinds of pastas and a few appetisers up on the boards for selection.
To start, we chose the buffalo mozzarella ($9, made in-house that same morning), Parma ham ($6) and asparagus ($5), which was basically nearly everything that was listed.
Of course we had to have the two available pastas of Spagettoni Aglio E Olio ($12) and the Ziti La Genovaise ($14). Very enjoyable both but the latter was my preferred. The long tubes of pasta were perfectly al dente and I thought the slow-braised sauce of beef and onions it was cooked in, sublime.
Indoor seating is limited to 10 people at any one time, so do aim to arrive really early if you wish to avoid waiting. This is to ensure you get included in the first round of seating that begins at 12noon. Alternatively, get your food as takeaway and sit at the tables outside to enjoy it with a side of fresh air.
This Mac and Cheese is to die for! Although, everything was amazing, it definitely stole the show. The Sticky Toffee Pudding which I actually didn’t think I would like 😍😍😍 We left here really impressed and extremely full. #ohhellyes#bloodydelicious