Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | February 13, 2016

Foodie Corner – 2016 – Post #2 – Mix-and-Match Glop for Valentine’s Day

My motto used to be “If it didn’t get done in the microwave, it didn’t get done.” I’ve since learned to use my electric oven and its four-burner cooktop. But …

Foodie Corner – 2016 – Post #2 – Mix-and-Match Glop for Valentine’s Day

What is glop, and why would anyone serve this on Valentine’s Day?

My two cents, but please share yours:

Believe it or not, one of my husband’s favorite dishes, especially on holidays, is called glop–so that explains the Valentine’s Day part. This dish is another casserole you can play around with and make your own.

Select a large microwave-safe casserole dish, and fill it halfway up with your hearty pasta shape of choice. Penne, shells, and fettucine all work well, angel hair pasta not so much. Cover the pasta with water, lightly salt, and nuke for about 12 minutes. Check to see if the pasta has reached al dente. If not, nuke a little more.

In another microwave dish, nuke 1 lb. to 1 1/2 lbs. of ground meat, beef, turkey, or soy crumbles, until it is thoroughly cooked. If you prefer, you can brown the meat in a skillet on the stove top. Add the cooked meat to the pasta along with 8 oz. of your cheese of choice and stir to combine. The cheese should be selected to go with the sauce of choice. For example, grated parmesan goes well with Alfredo sauce, and shredded pepper-jack cheese goes well with tomatillo sauce.

For the sauce of choice, you can heat up a full jar of pre-made sauce. Be sure to add 1-2T of coordinating herbs or 1-2t of spices to enhance the flavor. Or you can make a simple fresh tomato sauce by cooking down 10 peeled, seeded, and chopped plum tomatoes in 2T olive oil, 1-2t minced garlic, 1T dried oregano, and 1T dried basil. Fresh herbs are even better. This sauce normally has no onion, but you can add half a diced onion for a sweeter sauce.

When the sauce is ready, add it to the meat-pasta-cheese mixture and stir to combine. Then top the casserole with another 8 oz. of your cheese of choice, cover the microwave dish with a lid, and nuke the casserole until the cheese is fully melted and bubbly, about 6 minutes.

Be sure to play around with the sauce options. Try different herbs and spices, add wine or liqueurs, and even try a little beer if you’re going with a German theme. As always, make this recipe your own.

Serve with love and enjoy. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Responses

  1. Cool variation on spag bol. Happy Valentine’s!

    • Thank you so much, Catherine. Have lots of fun playing with this recipe! Cheers, Ashley


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