Do you remember Steven Spielberg’s movie “E.T.”? It was a romantic movie with a very funny little creature from another planet. I suppose that is how everybody would want life from outer space look like. Anyway, I remembered that movie because of the E.T. initials I gave to this dish. Of course, this is not an alien food, neither is it the food E.T. ate in the movie. “E.T.” stands for Easy – Tasty. This dish is so easy you can make it just an hour before eating time. As far as the tastiness is concerned it’s great. It is also very versatile, that is you can substitute any ingredient you dislike with something else you really like. Let’s go and make it then.
E.T. Pasta Au Gratin
1 can Campbell’s Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup or Cream of Mushroom Soup or Cream of Chicken and Mushroom Soup (for Greek followers you can find these soups at Thanopoulos S/M)
1 can evaporated milk
1 light cream around 200ml
2 handfuls emmental cheese
2 handfuls regato
2 handfuls parmigianno
1 green pepper diced
1 can mushrooms
6 slices of ham cut in chunks
3 slices of bacon cut in chunks
1 small can of corn
500 gr. of pasta of any kind you like I used penne
You boil pasta in salted water according to package instructions.
Mix the milk, the soup and the cream and set aside. Butter a pyrex of any shape( I used an oval one with size 20cmX40cm approx.) medium to large size not small one. Place the cooked pasta and above it put all the other ingredients except of the liquid ones and the one handful of each cheese. Add salt(just a pinch) and pepper and mix all of the ingredients to spread evenly. On top throw the one handful of each cheese that has remained and the milk-soup-cream mix. Bake in a preheated oven at 200 degrees celcius until golden on top. Needless to say that you can add or subtract any ingredient and also you can use any type of cheese you prefer. I can only say that this version is really, really tasty. Good Luck. I am sending this recipe to Sara from I’m a Foodblog who’s hosting this week’s Presto Pasta Nights. This event is an original idea of Ruth from Unce Upon a Feast.