Sunday Suppers: Comforting Noodles

The most comforting pasta dish on the face of the planet.  For me, at least.

The most comforting pasta dish on the face of the planet. For me, at least.

Friends, I am sick, sick, sick today.  Sigh.  The Beloved and I sat down last evening to watch WALL-E and by the end of it, I was all achy and chill-some and sad.  I checked my temperature, and, indeed, I was running a fever.  Sigh again.  I don't think that WALL-E made me sick--I loved it and cried like a baby.  His eyes!  I just couldn't take it!  If you haven't seen it, do so.  It is wonderful.

And then earlier, during dinner yesterday, when we were trying to eat our pizza, the automated Sears delivery service called and said that they would be delivering our new dryer this morning between 8:30am-10:30am.  I told the recording that it was too early, so I was transferred to a gentleman who was obviously from Elsewhere.  I told him I needed to reschedule our delivery, and he asked me for the address.  I told him, and then he said he needed to know the three words between the street name and the city.  The three words between the street name and the city?! What does that even mean?!  So, I said that I had no idea what he was talking about, and he wanted to talk to the homeowner who is currently on vacation.  Anyway, we went back and forth for about 5 minutes, with me trying to guess what it was that I was supposed to say--what magical combination of words would get him to shut up and send me my dryer, and with him calling me ma'am a lot.  Have you ever tried to play charades over the phone?  Not easy, let me tell you.

So, finally, I asked if he wanted the name of the neighborhood, and he said yes.  Well, we live on one street off of a main street.  I didn't even know it was part of a neighborhood.  So I said, in my Unpleasant Voice, that my husband (that would be The Beloved) would drive up and see if he could see a sign or something.  He said he couldn't wait that long, and I told him that yes, he could too wait that long.  Well, to make a long story short, The Beloved returned and spake two words which I then repeated to Our Esteemed Customer Service Representative.  These two words were magic--he got all excited and exclaimed, "Yes!  That is it exactly!  That is what I've been waiting to hear!"  The dryer will be here tomorrow.

Now I'm wondering if the Unpleasantness on the phone has made me sick.  Who knows, but I'm grumpy and sad, and when I am sick, I Require Noodles.  There is very little nutritive value in this dish, I am sorry to relate.  There is, however, a whole lot of comfort.

Comforting Noodles

  • 1 small bundle of long, thin pasta--spaghetti, linguine, whatever
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • a few shakes of red pepper flake
  • about 1 tsp Italian seasoning, crushed in the palm of your hand
  • a few shakes of granulated garlic
  • a lot of lemon pepper
  • a lot of Parmesan cheese

Here's what I do to it:

  1. Cook the pasta in boiling, salted water until al dente
  2. Drain, reserving about 2 TBSP pasta cooking water
  3. Return the pasta to the pot.  Over high heat, add in everything but the Parmesan cheese and stir it around madly until the seasonings are well distributed and the pasta is nearly dry.
  4. Remove from heat.  Put a ton of Parmesan on the noodles and stir it around until no noodle is naked.  All must be coated with cheese.
  5. Sit in your bathrobe and eat it out of the pot.

My favorite long pasta shape is bucatini.  It is long, skinny tubes of pasta.  They are hearty and Fun to Eat.  Look, I took a picture of one for you!

See the wee hole in the center?!

See the wee hole in the center?!

Well, I hope that I will feel much better tomorrow.  Now, I must go, because I have been directed to take a lot of vitamins and minerals.  That is the price I have to pay for eating comforting noodles.


  1. says

    I read recently that some scientists used some undoubtedly scientific methods and successfully correlated soup drinking with faster recovery times for the flu and other sniffly viruses, the latter of which is obviously a very scientific designation. I guess our Moms were right all along – and really when have they been wrong about these kinds of things? Once they figure out what exactly it is in soup that makes you better, I’m sure they’ll refine and encapsulate it for all our “well-being,” but until then I would very scientifically recommend cozying up to a piping hot vat of noodle soup (I also think I read it’s important for it to be hot. So sucking on that frozen block you posted about earlier probably won’t do).

    Anyway, I do hope you feel better! I’m sure that after a good serving of those noodles, some part of you will feel better, it just might not be your immune system. I’m definitely an angel hair guy myself, and will perhaps try to recreate this to my best ability in the dining hall 🙂

  2. says

    I’m not going to wait until I’m sick to have this! I loved Wall-E, too, and was happy to see the DVD’s on sale at Target for $10 this week. I’m going to save my candy money to buy it.

    I hope you’ll start to feel better! I’m gearing up for my Anticipated Unpleasant Encounter With Nameless/Faceless/Soulless Customer Representative tomorrow morning. Mr. Noodle returned an item and his Visa has not yet been credited. I get to deal with this because I have the special talent of being scary over the phone while still sounding civil. It’s a gift.

  3. says

    Hope you are feeling better. The simple noodles one of my favorite things to eat.

    If you’re still feeling a little dodgey and need another movie, Try Bee Movie with Jerry Seinfeld. I just watched it and it’s just delightful.

    Thx for checking into my Buffalo Food blog. That’s where the silliness is. I’ve now linked you off my yeast baking blog which is where the more serious stuff will be.

    You take care!

  4. says

    @Chris Had I anticipated the Great Illness, I would have, indeed, made some soup. But, alas, it struck me during WALL-E, and all I wanted was noodles! And, I bet this is quite replicable in the dining hall:)

    @Jim Thanks for commiserating. Feel better soon!

    @Tangled Noodle Hope all went well w/Customer Representative. Maybe next time, I’ll get on a conference call w/you and the dude from Elsewhere so you can work your magic!

    @Natasha Thanks for the well-wishes. Much better today, thanks, although I still have a wee bit of a fever. Sigh. Nothing for it but more Comforting Noodles (and some chicken noodle soup, if I can rustle some up)!

    @Beth Thanks for the movie recommendation and for stopping by. Will definitely swing by your yeast baking blog, too 🙂

  5. CharlieR says

    Looks Good!

    If they would only stop researching things that our mother’s and grandmother’s already knew, our country might not be in debt.

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