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  1. #1
    Mark Farouk Guest

    Default ? re tonight's pasta dinner

    I have been in the mood for just pasta with some butter and cheese.

    I am going to make about one pound of spaghetti. How much butter
    should I use to toss with it? A friend says about a stick and a half.
    Does that sound like too much? He also says add about a cup of
    parmesan cheese at the same time and if it appears "glumpy", just add
    some of the pasta water.

    Sound right? Any other suggestions you may have. (I thought about
    adding some chopped green olives and pimentos too).

    Thanks,
    Mark

  2. #2
    Bull Guest

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    In article <[email protected]>,
    Mark Farouk <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I have been in the mood for just pasta with some butter and cheese.
    >
    > I am going to make about one pound of spaghetti. How much butter
    > should I use to toss with it? A friend says about a stick and a half.
    > Does that sound like too much? He also says add about a cup of
    > parmesan cheese at the same time and if it appears "glumpy", just add
    > some of the pasta water.
    >
    > Sound right? Any other suggestions you may have. (I thought about
    > adding some chopped green olives and pimentos too).
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Mark


    Yes that does sound like too much butter. I like butter and olive oil.
    When the pasta is done add the grease until it is well coated then toss
    with the cheese. A cup of parmesan sounds about right. Try it and
    adjust to suit yourself. Add what ever else you like.

    BULL

  3. #3
    Sqwertz Guest

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    On Wed, 29 Feb 2012 12:02:28 -0500, Mark Farouk wrote:

    > I have been in the mood for just pasta with some butter and cheese.
    >
    > I am going to make about one pound of spaghetti. How much butter
    > should I use to toss with it? A friend says about a stick and a half.
    > Does that sound like too much? He also says add about a cup of
    > parmesan cheese at the same time and if it appears "glumpy", just add
    > some of the pasta water.
    >
    > Sound right? Any other suggestions you may have. (I thought about
    > adding some chopped green olives and pimentos too).
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Mark


    I'd use half butter and half EVOO. 3/4 stick of butter sounds right,
    and an equal amount of OO. I'd also saute some fresh garlic in the
    butter before you throw in the spaghetti and saute for a little bit in
    that. Top with crushed red pepper and the cheese at the end.

    AKA, Pasta aglio olio.

    -sw

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    spamtrap1888 Guest

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    On Feb 29, 9:02*am, Mark Farouk <m...@me.com> wrote:
    > I have been in the mood for just pasta with some butter and cheese.
    >
    > I am going to make about one pound of spaghetti. How much butter
    > should I use to toss with it? A friend says about a stick and a half.
    > Does that sound like too much? He also says add about a cup of
    > parmesan cheese at the same time and if it appears "glumpy", just add
    > some of the pasta water.
    >
    > Sound right? Any other suggestions you may have. (I thought about
    > adding some chopped green olives and pimentos too).
    >


    I make this as a side dish for a Roman meal. Three cups of grated
    Romano and no butter:

    http://theitaliandishblog.com/import...nd-pepper.html

  5. #5
    George M. Middius Guest

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    Sqwertz wrote:

    >> I am going to make about one pound of spaghetti. How much butter
    >> should I use to toss with it? A friend says about a stick and a half.
    >> Does that sound like too much? He also says add about a cup of
    >> parmesan cheese at the same time and if it appears "glumpy", just add
    >> some of the pasta water.
    >>
    >> Sound right? Any other suggestions you may have. (I thought about
    >> adding some chopped green olives and pimentos too).
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >> Mark

    >
    >I'd use half butter and half EVOO. 3/4 stick of butter sounds right,
    >and an equal amount of OO. I'd also saute some fresh garlic in the
    >butter before you throw in the spaghetti and saute for a little bit in
    >that. Top with crushed red pepper and the cheese at the end.
    >
    >AKA, Pasta aglio olio.


    Too much fat for 1 lb of pasta. You only need half that amount. I
    suggest making a beurre blanc with a little white wine and 2 oz
    butter. Stir in some grated cheese and spices (I'd use pepper or
    nutmeg, but hot pepper is good too).

    Toss the pasta with 2 Tb olive oil right after it's done. Then stir in
    the cheese sauce.

    Also, squerty, check your email. I'll be waiting for your recantation.



  6. #6
    Sqwertz Guest

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    On Wed, 29 Feb 2012 13:58:24 -0500, George M. Middius wrote:

    > Sqwertz wrote:
    >
    >>> I am going to make about one pound of spaghetti. How much butter
    >>> should I use to toss with it? A friend says about a stick and a half.
    >>> Does that sound like too much? He also says add about a cup of
    >>> parmesan cheese at the same time and if it appears "glumpy", just add
    >>> some of the pasta water.
    >>>
    >>> Sound right? Any other suggestions you may have. (I thought about
    >>> adding some chopped green olives and pimentos too).
    >>>
    >>> Thanks,
    >>> Mark

    >>
    >>I'd use half butter and half EVOO. 3/4 stick of butter sounds right,
    >>and an equal amount of OO. I'd also saute some fresh garlic in the
    >>butter before you throw in the spaghetti and saute for a little bit in
    >>that. Top with crushed red pepper and the cheese at the end.
    >>
    >>AKA, Pasta aglio olio.

    >
    > Too much fat for 1 lb of pasta. You only need half that amount.


    It's all a matter of opinion. I expressed mine and you can express
    yours, but don't go telling me opinion is wrong.

    > Also, squerty, check your email. I'll be waiting for your recantation.


    And do be trying to email me, dumbass. That just goes to show you how
    ****ing stupid you are. You are not welcome to email me and if you do
    so again, I will make sure your ISP puts a stop to it.

    Bend over and take it up the ass like all the good little nym-shifting
    trolls do.

    -sw

  7. #7
    Sqwertz Guest

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    On Wed, 29 Feb 2012 15:08:29 -0600, Sqwertz wrote:

    > On Wed, 29 Feb 2012 13:58:24 -0500, George M. Middius wrote:
    >
    >> Also, squerty, check your email. I'll be waiting for your recantation.

    >
    > And do be trying to email me, dumbass. That just goes to show you how
    > ****ing stupid you are. You are not welcome to email me and if you do
    > so again, I will make sure your ISP puts a stop to it.


    That was supposed to say "Don't be trying to email me", for the legal
    record.

    -sw

  8. #8
    George M. Middius Guest

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    squishy wrote:

    >> Too much fat for 1 lb of pasta. You only need half that amount.

    >
    >It's all a matter of opinion. I expressed mine and you can express
    >yours, but don't go telling me opinion is wrong.


    Wrong doesn't begin to describe your "opinion".

    My warning now goes out to everybody on this group: Don't eat anything
    squishy cooks. He doesn't know what the $(%& he's doing.

    >> Also, squerty, check your email. I'll be waiting for your recantation.

    >
    >And do[sic] be trying to email me, dumbass. That just goes to show you how
    >****ing stupid you are. You are not welcome to email me and if you do
    >so again, I will make sure your ISP puts a stop to it.


    Nyaah-nyaah! Already did it. You lose again, dumbass.

    >Bend over and take it up the ass like all the good little nym-shifting
    >trolls do.


    Ahhh.... Homophobia explains a great deal of your antisocial behavior.



    G.M.M.
    [not Alfie or any other of squishy's bugbears]



  9. #9
    jmcquown Guest

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    "Mark Farouk" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > I have been in the mood for just pasta with some butter and cheese.
    >
    > I am going to make about one pound of spaghetti. How much butter
    > should I use to toss with it? A friend says about a stick and a half.
    > Does that sound like too much? He also says add about a cup of
    > parmesan cheese at the same time and if it appears "glumpy", just add
    > some of the pasta water.
    >
    > Sound right? Any other suggestions you may have. (I thought about
    > adding some chopped green olives and pimentos too).
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Mark



    Waaaay too much butter for 1 lb. of pasta! As others have stated, try a
    mixture of butter and olive oil, but only just enough to lightly coat the
    pasta. (If you need to add more it's better than having added too much in
    the first place.) Then toss in the grated parm.

    Jill


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    Victor Sack Guest

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    Mark Farouk <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I am going to make about one pound of spaghetti. How much butter
    > should I use to toss with it? A friend says about a stick and a half.
    > Does that sound like too much? He also says add about a cup of
    > parmesan cheese at the same time and if it appears "glumpy", just add
    > some of the pasta water.


    Assuming the pound of pasta is cooked weight, replace spaghetti with
    fresh fettuccine, add some more butter (about 2.5 sticks, in American
    terms, in total) and the same amount of Parmigiano-Reggiano (i.e. about
    10 oz) and you will be making true fettuccine all'Alfredo.

    Victor

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    Gary Guest

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    jmcquown wrote:
    >
    > "Mark Farouk" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    > > I have been in the mood for just pasta with some butter and cheese.
    > >
    > > I am going to make about one pound of spaghetti. How much butter
    > > should I use to toss with it? A friend says about a stick and a half.
    > > Does that sound like too much? He also says add about a cup of
    > > parmesan cheese at the same time and if it appears "glumpy", just add
    > > some of the pasta water.
    > >
    > > Sound right? Any other suggestions you may have. (I thought about
    > > adding some chopped green olives and pimentos too).
    > >
    > > Thanks,
    > > Mark

    >
    > Waaaay too much butter for 1 lb. of pasta! As others have stated, try a
    > mixture of butter and olive oil, but only just enough to lightly coat the
    > pasta. (If you need to add more it's better than having added too much in
    > the first place.) Then toss in the grated parm.


    I agree about way too much butter. He can always add a little bit at a time
    and keep tasting until it seems right. If he's going to cook one pound of
    pasta, I hope there will be many people eating there....that's way to much
    for one person.

    Gary

  12. #12
    jmcquown Guest

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    "Gary" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]..
    > jmcquown wrote:
    >>
    >> "Mark Farouk" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >> > I have been in the mood for just pasta with some butter and cheese.
    >> >
    >> > I am going to make about one pound of spaghetti. How much butter
    >> > should I use to toss with it? A friend says about a stick and a half.
    >> > Thanks,
    >> > Mark

    >>
    >> Waaaay too much butter for 1 lb. of pasta! As others have stated, try a
    >> mixture of butter and olive oil, but only just enough to lightly coat the
    >> pasta. (If you need to add more it's better than having added too much
    >> in
    >> the first place.) Then toss in the grated parm.

    >
    > I agree about way too much butter. He can always add a little bit at a
    > time
    > and keep tasting until it seems right. If he's going to cook one pound of
    > pasta, I hope there will be many people eating there....that's way to much
    > for one person.
    >
    > Gary



    This sort of spaghetti dish actually freezes very well. He can portion out
    individual servings of the leftovers in freezer containers or bags (I doubt
    the OP has a Tilia).

    Jill


  13. #13
    Brooklyn1 Guest

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    On Wed, 29 Feb 2012 18:41:26 -0500, "jmcquown" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >
    >"Gary" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]..
    >> jmcquown wrote:
    >>>
    >>> "Mark Farouk" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >>> news:[email protected]..
    >>> > I have been in the mood for just pasta with some butter and cheese.
    >>> >
    >>> > I am going to make about one pound of spaghetti. How much butter
    >>> > should I use to toss with it? A friend says about a stick and a half.
    >>> > Thanks,
    >>> > Mark
    >>>
    >>> Waaaay too much butter for 1 lb. of pasta! As others have stated, try a
    >>> mixture of butter and olive oil, but only just enough to lightly coat the
    >>> pasta. (If you need to add more it's better than having added too much
    >>> in
    >>> the first place.) Then toss in the grated parm.

    >>
    >> I agree about way too much butter. He can always add a little bit at a
    >> time
    >> and keep tasting until it seems right. If he's going to cook one pound of
    >> pasta, I hope there will be many people eating there....that's way to much
    >> for one person.
    >>
    >> Gary

    >
    >
    >This sort of spaghetti dish actually freezes very well. He can portion out
    >individual servings of the leftovers in freezer containers or bags (I doubt
    >the OP has a Tilia).
    >
    >Jill


    I make pasta dressed with butter often because it's fast and easy, to
    one pound of pasta a shy half stick of butter with a couple glugs evoo
    is plenty... I usually sweat a few cloves of slivered garlic in the
    butter and oil. Toss with the pasta, and add cheese to taste and a
    little black pepper. With cheese it needs no salt. A pound is three
    good servings... left over pasta is never a problem here... this kind
    of pasta dish is always good fried with eggs.

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    Sqwertz Guest

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    On Wed, 29 Feb 2012 17:21:51 -0500, George M. Middius wrote:

    > My warning now goes out to everybody on this group: Don't eat anything
    > squishy cooks. He doesn't know what the $(%& he's doing.


    I'd bet if you take a survey, the group would tend to disagree.
    Spouting clueless nonsense will get you nowhere here.

    ObFood: "Salted fish" (fermented) fried rice, chicken wings brined in
    fish sauce, sugar and garlic then grilled, grilled fresh pineapple,
    and fresh durian for dinner tonight. Pics in the usual spot.

    What did you make, Jorge? Need pictures to disprove any tall tales.

    -sw

  15. #15
    z z Guest

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    Kraft used to sell garlic parsley parmesan and red pepper parmesan
    shaker containers. I loved the garlic parsley. Wish I could still buy
    it.

    I like pasta with olive oil and parmesan-I like to add pepperoni slices
    to it. I agree, black pepper is a great addition also, as is toasted
    bread crumbs. For scrambled eggs I prefer to use lime juice on the
    pasta. I love poppy seed coated grilled cheese sandwiches so I bet poppy
    seeds with pasta would be great-either inside the pasta dough or
    sprinkled on the pasta.


  16. #16
    Mark Farouk Guest

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    On Wed, 29 Feb 2012 11:16:43 -0600, Sqwertz <[email protected]>
    wrote:


    >
    >I'd use half butter and half EVOO. 3/4 stick of butter sounds right,
    >and an equal amount of OO. I'd also saute some fresh garlic in the
    >butter before you throw in the spaghetti and saute for a little bit in
    >that. Top with crushed red pepper and the cheese at the end.
    >
    >AKA, Pasta aglio olio.
    >
    >-sw


    Sounds good to me! I forgot about adding red pepper. I will, along
    with some fresh black pepper. I buy my peppercorns from Pensky's
    Spices!

    Thanks, bud, for the suggestion.
    Mark

  17. #17
    Mark Farouk Guest

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    On Wed, 29 Feb 2012 09:43:10 -0800 (PST), spamtrap1888
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Feb 29, 9:02*am, Mark Farouk <m...@me.com> wrote:
    >> I have been in the mood for just pasta with some butter and cheese.
    >>
    >> I am going to make about one pound of spaghetti. How much butter
    >> should I use to toss with it? A friend says about a stick and a half.
    >> Does that sound like too much? He also says add about a cup of
    >> parmesan cheese at the same time and if it appears "glumpy", just add
    >> some of the pasta water.
    >>
    >> Sound right? Any other suggestions you may have. (I thought about
    >> adding some chopped green olives and pimentos too).
    >>

    >
    >I make this as a side dish for a Roman meal. Three cups of grated
    >Romano and no butter:
    >
    >http://theitaliandishblog.com/import...nd-pepper.html


    I've book marked this recipe. Simple and looks (and sounds) delicious!

    Thanks,
    Mark

  18. #18
    Mark Farouk Guest

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    On Wed, 29 Feb 2012 23:54:49 +0100, [email protected] (Victor Sack)
    wrote:

    >Mark Farouk <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> I am going to make about one pound of spaghetti. How much butter
    >> should I use to toss with it? A friend says about a stick and a half.
    >> Does that sound like too much? He also says add about a cup of
    >> parmesan cheese at the same time and if it appears "glumpy", just add
    >> some of the pasta water.

    >
    >Assuming the pound of pasta is cooked weight, replace spaghetti with
    >fresh fettuccine, add some more butter (about 2.5 sticks, in American
    >terms, in total) and the same amount of Parmigiano-Reggiano (i.e. about
    >10 oz) and you will be making true fettuccine all'Alfredo.
    >
    >Victor


    Yes, but will I live long enough to enjoy it or will I have a heart
    attack on the spot? Sounds great!

    Mark

  19. #19
    Sqwertz Guest

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    On Wed, 29 Feb 2012 22:00:21 -0500, Mark Farouk wrote:

    > On Wed, 29 Feb 2012 11:16:43 -0600, Sqwertz <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >>
    >>I'd use half butter and half EVOO. 3/4 stick of butter sounds right,
    >>and an equal amount of OO. I'd also saute some fresh garlic in the
    >>butter before you throw in the spaghetti and saute for a little bit in
    >>that. Top with crushed red pepper and the cheese at the end.
    >>
    >>AKA, Pasta aglio olio.

    >
    > Sounds good to me! I forgot about adding red pepper. I will, along
    > with some fresh black pepper. I buy my peppercorns from Pensky's
    > Spices!


    I have to admit that It's been a while since I've cooked a whole pound
    of pasta, but I don't think 3/4 stick of butter + evoo is that much.
    I make pasta aglio olio 4-5 times a year and I know when you're
    sautéing the spaghetti (I use angelhair) in the oils it sucks it up
    pretty well at first. I'm always adding more. And I only cook 1/4 -
    1/3rd pound at a time.

    Remember that EVOO is "good fat" so that neutralizes the bad effects
    of the butter :-) And don't forget garlic! Even just a little is
    fine.

    -sw

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