We had R's parents and grandparents over for dinner last night. Grandma and grandpa are impressively old: 95 and 98, respectively, but they still enjoy a good meal. My constraints? The food had to be soft and tender (see how well you'll be able to chew at that age!).
I served the corned beef, which I already blogged about and then I panicked 3 hours before they were to arrive that there wasn't going to be enough food, or that they wouldn't like the corned beef and veggies. So I hopped in to my car and two quick stops later (Capone's and Whole foods) I also had the makings of a pasta dish: Parpadelle w/ sausage, broccoli rabe and garlic. Super easy and very tasty.
Some homemade rolls ( the “bread in 5 minutes a day” recipe is damn handy) and apple cake w/ Christina's ice cream (Grand Marnier, my new favorite flavor) rounded out the meal.
Cook pasta in boiling salted water. Cut sausage in to bite sized pieces, brown in a large saute pan, medium high heat. Remove sausage from the pan, toss in ½ a diced onion and 4 cloves of garlic, minced finely. Saute till onions are translucent. Toss sausage back in and cover, lower the heat, cook till sausage is done (15-20 minutes, depending on the size of the pieces.) Roughly chop a bunch of broccoli rabe, toss into the sausage and cover. Let the broccoli rabe cook down, and toss in the pasta when it's ready. Toss together and season with salt, pepper and crushed red pepper.