Monday, January 19, 2009

Reunited and it Feels So Good ...

Sure, we had some good times, you and I. Shared a few laughs, got a little hot, a little crazy at times. But I was young and foolish then, couldn't see what you were doing to me, couldn't see that you were trouble - with a capital T. Besides, I never could control myself with you - we always went too far, you and I. That's why I had to call it quits. Give you the slip. I'm just gonna come out and say it: break up with you.

Yeah, it hurt at first. I missed you like crazy, couldn't get you outta my mind. Getting over you was tough. I'm not gonna lie, I did somethings I'm not proud of - desperate things, things I've never said out loud. (Mashed lima beans, anyone?) Then one day it happened, the fog cleared, you slipped my mind completely and I've never looked back.

Until Friday. Oh man, Friday. Seemed like any ordinary day. Breathless from the cold and caught in the relentless tide of other shoppers, I nearly passed you by - almost missed you entirely. Its been half a year but our bond is so deep, so real, something made me look that way ... and there you were - hiding behind that stock boy and his cart.

Damn, you looked fine. Different, a little wiser - yet somehow fresher - more enticing. I took you home. I had my way with you:

Noodles. I'm talking about noodles. The noodle and I have been reunited and it feels so good! Ronzoni is now making a (mostly) whole wheat variety and they are outstanding! I was dubious at first, fearing a gummy non-noodle-like texture, but that isn't the case at all. They're as light and fluffy as any noodle should be and they're packed with protein (8 grams) and fiber (6 grams). They do contain some semolina, but they also contain flax meal and wheat fiber, so I'm sold.

I put them to good use as the base for this sausage and roasted tomato dish that I cribbed from The Duo Dishes. Thanks, Duo, this recipe was magnificent! I swapped out the pork sausage in your recipe for some hot italian turkey sausage, added a bit of chicken broth to the sauce and topped it with some shards of fresh Parmesan cheese. Delicious - a perfect winter meal. The husband and I adored this dish and I recommend it highly!

I have a deep personal commitment to noodles and I'm delighted to welcome them back to my life. Thanks, Duo Dishes and Ronzoni!

So, what's your favorite way to serve noodles? Hungry Diva wants to know.

Bon appetite!


Dr Zibbs said...

That looks great!

The Duo Dishes said...

Oh man, thanks for the nice words! Isn't it just the yummiest thing ever to have all those flavors bursting in your mouth! It's overload. :) So glad you both enjoyed it! And now, here's a TAG for Luck & Resolutions: post 4 things you would wish for, 4 resolutions, link back to who tagged you, and hit up 3 bloggers to do the same. Enjoy!

The Diva on a Diet said...

Welcome, Dr Zibbs and thanks for popping in! Drop by anytime ... there's always room at the table. :)

Duo - you're most welcome and thank you back! I meant it, that dish was outstanding and I know we'll return to it often. Thanks for the tag too. I've got some posts in my queue for the next few days but I'll have my responses up by the end of the week. Should be fun!

words words words said...

Wow. That looks so delicious that I could be arrested for eating it. The whole wheat pasta is actually good? I am a pasta FREAK and I am very choosy. But this endorsement might make me give it a try. And it sounds like this is one old flame your husband won't mind you hooking up with from time to time.

Michele said...

My favorite way to serve noodles is with a little browned butter, cottage cheese and diced raw onion. Not as fancy as roasted tomatoes and sausage...but still very tasty.

Deb said...

I use those exact noodles in my chicken stoup (you know thicker than a soup thinner than a stew, thanks Rachel Ray) and have loved them long and hard!

Glad you found them, I had no idea you didn't now because I'd have clued you in.


The Diva on a Diet said...

words words words - Welcome and Bravo! That's how I should have ended my post! These noodles really are good - and I'm picky too. They have a nice texture that I did not expect. I don't know about the other Ronzoni Healthy Harvest products - as I prefer a different brand of whole wheat pasta, but these noodles are good.

Michele - that sounds delicious! I'm going to try it. Thanks!

Deb - these noodles literally just appeared in my market last week and I was so glad to see them. Its about time someone made a WW noodle!