A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of having lunch with two of my "internet" friends. That is, two people I originally met through an online group (back before yahoo groups was even around...) who are now my real life friends. I love that about the internet. So this one friend has been super busy at work so we met her there and had lunch at their cafeteria. I think if I worked there I would never cook again - it was amazing. Anyway, I had this gratin that was pasta mixed with herbs and goat cheese and topped with buttery, herbed bread crumbs. It was delicious. So of course I had to attempt it at home!
Herb and goat cheese gratin
8 oz fusilli pasta
~ 4 oz goat cheese
4 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup bread crumbs
fresh Italian parsley (a combination of herbs would be nice but this is what I had)
Get the pasta going... while the pasta is cooking finely chop about 1/2 cup of parsley. Melt the butter in a small saute pan and add the parsley. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the butter into the bread crumbs and mix well. Season with some salt and pepper. When the pasta is cooked and drained, toss with the remaining herb butter and the goat cheese. Spoon in to individual gratin dishes and cover with bread crumbs. Bake in a 400 degree oven until the bread crumbs are brown and toasty. Easy peasy. We had this with roasted acorn squash - they served it with roasted purple potatoes and a carrot/green bean mixture.
I'm hopping in my car in about 30 minutes to drive 10 hours to surprise my dad for his 87th birthday which is tomorrow. Hubby is on home duty with the pups. I will try very hard to blog on the road...Happy Friday the 13th!