Monday, March 15, 2010

How to make....

Rhett Pasta

Long ago, when I was just starting out as a nurse, and Rhett was an equally poor college student, we lacked funds to go out to eat. We ate a lot of sandwiches, and what has since come to be called "Rhett Pasta." It is our go to comfort meal, and I hope you can enjoy it as well.

Step #1 - Gather the ingredients: whole grain pasta (we have to get the fiber in some how), Italian seasoning, Oregano, Olive Oil, Cayenne Pepper, Ground Turkey, and the most important ingredient....heinous amounts of Mozzarella cheese.

Step #2-cook the ground turkey and when it's almost done add a large amount of italian seasoning (Rhett told me to say until the turkey turns green, but that made me lose my appetite).
Step #3-Cook the noodles according to package instructions, drain and then add the olive oil. This is another step that Rhett would prefer to drown the noodles, but I add ~2 Tablespoons and mix well.
Step #4-Add heinous amounts of Cayenne pepper. You basically want to turn the noodles red. However, if you are weak and cannot handle the heat, then add as much as you can handle. True Rhett Pasta is looks like Christmas: Red, green, and white.
Step #5-Sprinkle with Oregano, and mix well. Again use your judgement on the amount of Oregano...we use quite a bit.
Step #6- Spray a casserole dish with Pam and start layering the dish. 1st with a layer of pasta.
Then a layer of turkey.
Then the 1st helping of heinous amounts of cheese.
And then repeat once more with the noodles, turkey, and cheese.

Step #8- You can either cook it on 400 degrees until the cheese is melted or broil it. I find that cooking it at 400 for 5-10 minutes helps to melt the middle layer of cheese!
Step #9 - Remove from the oven and enjoy the warm, noodle-y, cheesy, spicy goodness!

SO there ya have it....Rhett Pasta. It is delicious, and provides room for many variations. We prefer the original version, but have fun with it! And enjoy!


Lil' Woman said...

Yum that sounds delish right now! :)

M said...

I LOVE Cayenne in pasta!!!

Marmie said...

Yum Yum--How come he never cooked at home? Are you feeding this to Max? Maybe this is the reason for his problem!

Anonymous said...

That looks SOOOOO good but I dont' know how much cayenne I can take so I might have to tweak it a bit. Thanks for sharing this easy meal.

Melissa said...

I find that especially if Rhett makes the Rhett pasta, a little sour cream helps cut the heat. We think that overall this was a pretty impressive dish especially coming from my brother.

Kelly said...

oooh, this looks really yummy! I love a good pasta dish!