J Gumbos…Cajun Cuisine..Pasta with Roasted Vegetables…

We tried JGumbo’s on Sancus over the weekend.  Great Cajun Cuisine…a little early for Mardi Gras but Jambalaya and Bumblebee Stew were great.  No wine with dinner.  Just the basics at this stop.  We were told to try the Gahanna location as they have live music, wine and beer.  Might be a great place for our “Cheap Eats” group.  Could it be better than Bologna Sandwiches at G & R Tavern in Waldo with their extensive wine list…or the Starliner Diner in Hilliard?   We have a group of friends that are foodies…does that surprise you?   We do have fun on our excursions.

Dinner Tonight was Excellent in my very own kitchen with my Chef…this recipe might be worthy of my Cooking School Group…

Pasta with Roasted Vegetables and Bacon

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 oz. bacon, preferably slab, chopped

1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-in. cubes

1 small onion, thinly sliced

1/2 head cauliflower, trimmed into 1 1/2 in. florets (about 2 1/2 cups)

Course salt and freshly ground pepper

8 ounces orecchiette (round pasta)  Trader Joe’s

3/4 c. finely grated Parmesan

1/2 c. fresh flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped

1.  Preheat oven to 400.  Heat oil in a small skillet over medium heat.  Cook bacon until crisp, about 8 minutes.  Transfer to paper towels using a slotted spoon.  Reserve drippings.

2.  Toss sweet potato, onion, and cauliflower with reserved drippings.  Season with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.  Roast on a rimmed baking sheet, tossing halfway through, until tender and caramelized, about 35 minutes.

3.  Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of salted water until al dente.  Drain, reserving 1 cup of cooking water.  Return pasta to pot with cooking water, and toss with grated cheese and vegetables.  Stir in parsley.  Sprinkle bacon over top.  Garnish with shaved cheese.

It is a good thing….one of Martha’s Good Things.  Enjoy.

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