Something tells me this is one of those dishes that Nana whipped together on a Friday night before she and Boppa got the heck out of dodge and went into the city for a night on the town.
What makes me think that? For one, there’s no meat, so maybe it was an alternative to the good old tuna fish hot dish. Also, it takes all of two to prepare. Plus, kids like noodles and moms want them to eat their spinach.
From what I’ve heard, Nana and Boppa would go to the Hungry I or out to dinner. They also used to have season tickets to the Curran Theater. I guess Nana and Boppa liked my company, because I got to go to the theater with them all the time. I remember seeing Annie in 1978, Oklahoma in 1979, and They’re Playing Our Song in 1980.
I guess what I’m getting at is that I never ate this dish before last week.
I did change it up a little, because the original recipe was literally just noodles, spinach and cheese. Well, and maybe a couple of other things. I added onion, of course, because it’s virtually impossible for me to cook anything without some onion in it. Onions are good, people. I added mushrooms too, because they were there. You can use them or not, whatever floats your boat.
Chalk another one up to Nana for an easy weeknight meal, or something to give the kids when you’re going to ditch them for a night on the town.
Original recipe above.