So, I got sick. Perfect timing–right when I’m finishing my thesis, applying for jobs, traveling to give talks. It was bad–had to cancel an appointment with an adviser. I knew this was probably the virus that was taking out most of the campus, and there’s really no point going to the doctor for a virus. My executive decision was to tackle this head-on; among other things, I wanted something spicy to clear my sinuses. The only things I could find up that alley were red pepper flakes and cayenne pepper. I chose the first and built the following meal around it. That’s right: this meal was created around the red pepper flake.
Despite not having too much of a palate at the time, I think this is a really good meal. It’s not overwhelmingly difficult, but comes off as very fancy–that can only be a plus, right? And the broth is to die for. Next time you’re sick, or just want some really good comfort food, I highly recommend making this.
- Box of pasta (or home-made. I used linguine)
- Seafood medley (I had a bag from Whole Foods that had shucked mussels, shrimp, calamari and langoustines)
- One small white onion
- White wine
- Two medium-sized tomatoes
- One ear of corn
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Red pepper flakes
- Cook the pasta. Set aside.
- Chop a few cloves of garlic and slice the white onion thinly. Place in a pan with 1-2 tablespoons of butter.
- Start to cook the onions/garlic. Remove the corn from the ear, chop the tomatoes and add those in too.
- Coat the bottom of the pan in white wine. Cook down as much as you want. Season with salt and pepper, and then toss the seafood into the pan.
- When that has warmed up, add the pasta. Mix together.
- Right before serving, season with red pepper flakes. ENJOY!