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Sun-dried Tomato Rigatoni a bowl of love

May 23, 2019

We all have our love languages, even if you’ve never made yours known. It might be an unspoken truth you hold dear to your heart and only allow to feel when you’re presently experiencing it.

There are so many I am well acquainted with, but only until recently have I divulged my inner most truest love that speaks great comfort to me.

For starters, this bowl of love does it for me and invites all the “feels” little else can muster. These creamy cheese swaddled bundles of boiled pasta is a love language more real than any sentimental gesture. I read a meme the other day that said don’t apologize, just show up with tacos. In a matter of a second after reading that I internally agreed that somewhere in the world (the author of this meme) gets me.

Then I started thinking, why stop there? Couples who have met for the first time would be hard pressed to find a more delicious first impression than if he or she nixed the idea of giving flowers but rather a plate of brownies or a bouquet of beautifully arranged steak medallions garnished with an array of fresh herbs. Just a thought from an obvious food lover.

Even if food isn’t your love language, and even if drippingly doused plates of creamy Parmesan cheese rigatoni isn’t your idea of a plate of love, I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t like a generous dose of pasta love — except maybe those who have never tried it or those who haven’t suffered an event like an argument requiring a loving peace offering.

After all, we are talking about love here and nothing says “I love you” more appropriately than sustenance — the most dreamy, creamy, cheese velvety cheese draping pasta sustenance.

My best love language is food love language. If you are at a loss for inspiring sentimental words, here ya go. No prior experience in writing is necessary as I authored the most beautiful internal thoughts when I bit into the first bite. I could’ve made writers blush as the words filled my heart instantaneously.

SUN-DRIED TOMATO RIGATONI

1/2 lb. boiled rigatoni

1 cup pulled chicken

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1/2 cup milk

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil

1/4 stick of butter

1/2 tsp. Chopped garlic Chopped parsley for garnish

In a sauce pan bring the cream, garlic, butter and milk to boil for one minute. Add cheese. Stir. Add tomatoes and chicken. Stir. Pour over pasta and garnish with parsley. Serve.

Janet McCormick is the author of “10-Minute Meals” and owner of Let’s Eat in Huntington. She lives in Lawrence County, Ohio. She can be reached at 304-654-2003 or www.10-minutemeals.com.

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