I used a recipe I came up with a couple of years ago. No, I'll never be a Bubbe, but I can at least attempt to make some Passover recipes that won't make my husband's grandmother spin in her grave.
This year I was much smarter than I have been in the past. The first time I made these I took the attitude that there are fewer dishes to wash if I don't simmer the matzah balls separately.
"You idiot!" I tell myself now. One should never cook the starches in the soup. Starches will soak up the broth that I so carefully worked on simmering for hours. That leaves me with msuhy starches and no actual soup. Yuck!
I simmered the balls in water and then put them in a bowl and poured the soup over it. In other words, I did it properly and my matzah balls didn't soak up so much broth that they got too mushy and fell apart. There was also still plenty of my delicious homemade broth in the bowl.
Tradition went out the window as the week progressed. I wanted a nice, casual meal for a weeknight and pasta seemed an easy choice. The late Dr. Atkins would definitely not approve of my food choices this week with the soup and the pasta.
I wasn't in the mood for traditional marinara sauce. I wanted something even simpler. My husband loves his spaghetti and meatballs, but he is also quite fond of plainer pastas. He enjoys his pasta just dressed with garlic and oil - or even just butter. I had some onions that I had purchased at ther farmer's market over the weekend and decided to put them to use.
My recipe was like a very light alfredo, with caramelized onions thrown in the mix.
I started with 3 thinly-sliced onions that I cooked in olive oil at a low temperature for a good 45 minutes. They were nice and soft and brown.
I added 4 cloves of minced garlic and just let it become fragrant. Then in went 3 tablespoons of butter. Then finally, a dash of cream (no real measurements - just a dash).
Meanwhile I had a pound of spaghetti cooking up. I tossed it around in the pan.
Even though these photos are rather disturbingly beige, this dish was quite good.
My recipes have been a bit easy this week, but I have lots of good stuff in store. There will be restaurants and there will be Easter posts. Brace yourself for some pie my friends!