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bear Aug 20, 2007 06:01 AM

Okay, at the risk of getting kicked off the boards for low-brow food, I wanted to share a fun, easy way to regress to childhood. I was at Trader Joe's in Cambridge, MA a couple of weeks ago, and of course the first thing I always do is hit the food demo. I grabbed the hot pasta sample, and with the first bite was immediately became a hungry five-year old at lunchtime.

They had cooked up a bag of their new little circle pasta, analetti, and mixed it with a carton of their creamy organic tomato soup (in the shelf-stable septic packaging) that had been heated. They sprinkled in some of their shaker top cheese (parmesan? I forgot to check) and let it simmer for a while, stirring often since it sticks easily. Voila! Spaghettios without the metallic taste or mush. My adult sons think it is fun comfort food.

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    fluffernutter RE: bear Aug 23, 2007 06:15 AM

    We were a nuts-and-berries kind of family, so when I visited the neighbors for dinner and was served spaghettios, it was the biggest thrill ever. Now I try to get my daughter to eat them -- after all, they're a super treat -- and she turns up her nose. Maybe I'll try your idea so we can both enjoy.

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      laurendlewis RE: fluffernutter Aug 23, 2007 07:11 AM

      "so when I visited the neighbors for dinner and was served spaghettios"

      Explanation please? Curious to hear the story behind that sentence.

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        AMFM RE: laurendlewis Aug 24, 2007 12:59 PM

        i'm going to guess when she (or he) was growing up and got to stay at her friends for dinner and eat spaghettios. i loved going to friends - or grandmas - and eating things i wouldn't at home! and i'm sure my kids do too!

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        bear RE: fluffernutter Aug 23, 2007 06:49 PM

        We are also mostly a nuts-and-berries kind of family, and our kids are now in their late twenties and thirties. It's been a few years since they have had any Franco-American food, and have definitely out-grown the original Spaghettios.

        That's why it was really fun to taste the TJ's pasta and tomato soup. A relatively healthful comfort food, not really mushy pasta, no metallic taste, with the only questionable part being the sodium content, which still beats almost all the fast-food burger/convenience options.

      3. WCchopper RE: bear Aug 24, 2007 07:12 PM

        Also nut-and -berries kid, had hot dogs at a friends and, well, had a technicolor yawn. But I bought some of those little pastas and I'm going to try it, I was intrigued by your description. I'll let you know how it turns out....

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          bear RE: WCchopper Aug 25, 2007 11:16 AM

          Don't forget to cook the sauce and cooked pasta together for a few minutes, and don't forget the parmesan. Have fun!

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            WCchopper RE: bear Aug 26, 2007 11:38 AM

            Having no frame of reference for what spaghettios should taste like, I ventured into the unknown last night! I cooked the O's "al dente", drained them, then poured soup over them and let them simmer for a few minutes. It was actually pretty good! For something prepared so quickly, I can imagine uses for a late supper in the fall when I'm tired and don't want to be gustatorially challenged.

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          AMFM RE: bear Aug 26, 2007 12:19 PM

          now if there were mini meatballs...
          oh how it grosses me out now but in my youth! :)

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