Saturday, May 18, 2013

Friday Night Dinner with Levi

Levi came over Friday evening for a simple meal and some good conversation. While he sipped on some Russian Caravan tea with some of my homemade sour cherry preserves, I whipped up a quick meal of fresh pasta with over easy eggs and roasted asparagus.

Other than preheating the oven, the meal itself took about 15 minutes to make from start to finish! Wanna make it yourself? Here's how!


  • Fresh pasta (I used Manini's Gluten Free Roasted Garlic Fettuccini) 
  • One bunch of asparagus
  • 2 eggs (or enough for 1 per person)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Pecorino Romano cheese

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Rinse the asparagus.
  3. To remove the woody stalks of the asparagus, simply hold each piece at each end and bend lightly until it snaps. Discard the bottom tough part of the asparagus. (Discard it well or your asparagus thief cat might steal it in the middle of the night and put it on your bed. Seriously.)
  4. Place the asparagus on a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil (use your best judgement).
  5. Once the olive oil is drizzled over the asparagus turn the asparagus over in the pan until it's well coated.
  6. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the top of the asparagus, and then put it into the oven to roast. Let it cook for about 15 minutes turning it once about halfway through.
  7. While the asparagus is cooking, bring water to a boil and cook your pasta according to the directions. If you are using fresh pasta, it should only take a few minutes.
  8. Once pasta is cooked, drain it, put back into the pan, toss with some olive oil (once again, use your best judgment- I believe in you!), and plate.
  9. In a small skillet, heat about 1 tbs of oil over medium-low heat.
  10. Crack your eggs into the pan, sprinkle with salt and pepper and let sit for a bit. To make an over-easy egg, I always cook on the first side until the whites look cooked through, but the yolk is still pretty raw. 
  11. Once the whites are cooked, flip the eggs and let cook for just a few seconds. This will set the other side but not cook the yolk through. (You want it runny so it will essentially make a sauce for your pasta).
  12. Once the eggs are done, pull them from the pan and set them on top of the pasta.
  13. At this point the asparagus should be done too! Plate the asparagus next to the pasta and grate some Pecorino Romano cheese over everything. As much as you want! I always do a whole bunch of it. Now all that's left is to eat up!
After dinner, we spent the rest of the night chatting and listening to records. Hank, never one to miss out on anything, made himself at home in the middle of Levi's stack of records. He also left a toy in Levi's boot. Something to remember him by?

It was a lovely night, and I even got a couple of Bowie albums out of it!

Til next time!



  1. Yum! I would have never thought of pairing an egg with this meal, but now that I see it, I want to eat it.
    Did your cat really drag asparagus onto your bed? that's great, hank.

    1. It's so tasty! And yes, he really did. What a weirdo :)


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