Recipe fail

You know how it is when you see a recipe that you think just looks SO GOOD and you can’t wait to try it even though it looks like kind of a hassle?

Welcome to my weekend.

I found a recipe for Spinach Fettucine with Winter Vegetables and Herbed Cream. . . if that doesn’t sound right up my alley, I don’t know what does.

So I bought the few items I needed for it (still drawing a few things from my somewhat depleted vegetable stores in the basement), and when we got home from running errands on Saturday, I started in.  Yes, it was only 3:00 or so, but I knew the recipe had quite a few steps involved, and I figured I could always keep it warm or something if I finished really early.

So I started the herbed cream—basically boiling shallots, garlic, rosemary, and sage in two cups of heavy cream. . . but it had to be watched carefully, because you know it’s pretty easy for cream to boil over (she said with a knowing look, having boiled over a pot of cream last week).

Then it was chopping vegetables—butternut squash, carrots, and parsnips, plus one pear (sounded a bit odd to me but I decided I’d better give the recipe a chance).  And then frying bacon to set aside and crumble up for topping the finished product. Well, the herbed cream smelled just incredible, and all of those vegetables looked so good. . . I finally finished the entire thing about 5:30.  So the directions said to toss the herbed cream with the spinach fettucine, and then top that with the vegetables and bacon. (Again, in the interest of full disclosure, I could not find spinach fettucine, so I used spinach spaghetti, which you will see in the photograph.)

Spinach fettucine with winter vegetables and herbed cream

So we sat down to eat.

It was weird.  Like really not good.  I still don’t understand how so many wonderful ingredients can turn out to be a NOT good final product. . . like I said, the herbed cream smelled just fantastic, and the vegetables were good by themselves.  I think the pear and the parsnips were just way too sweet in the topping part, and maybe that, combined with the “herbiness” of the pasta, just didn’t go.  It’s like there was way too much going on or something. But I also tried a small helping of just the herbed-cream pasta topped with parmesan cheese, and it also was very underwhelming by itself.

So, recipe: fail.

Oh well, they can’t all be winners, right?  :)

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7 Responses to Recipe fail

  1. Phyllis Paulson says:

    You can’t win them all!

  2. Sheri says:

    It IS kind of interesting, because all of those things separately sound amazing. I mean really – how can you go wrong with cream. bummer.

  3. Melinda says:

    Yep. Been there, done that. I
    A favorite recipe (Roasted red pepper soup with tarragon) also calls for a pear, and it does wonderful things with the bitterness of the peppers. I can see how the sweetness of all your veggies would make the pear a bit redundant. By the way -*2 CUPS*- of heavy cream? Oh my!

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  5. Tracy Briggs says:

    I think it’s just awesome that you write about your recipe fails. Makes the rest of us feel not so alone. Once I made a Tator Tot Casserole with blue cheese. You should have seen the look on my husband’s face when he took a bite. It was kind of yucky. Lesson learned: don’t mess with the near perfection of Tator Tot Casserole.

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