Saturday, March 13, 2010

Eat In. An Italian breakfast.

I remember, as a kid, living across the street from an Italian family and for breakfast some Saturdays, they'd eat yesterday's leftovers scrambled in a pan with an egg over a bed of noodles with some parmesan.

Later, exploring my culinary adulthood, I'd remember trying this dish and making my own modifications. Instead of using last night's leftovers, I would sautee various vegetables in a pan with some olive oil or butter, scrambled with an egg and parmesan.

It's an easy breakfast, but still fancier than a weekday morning meal. Almost any vegetable will do, but broccoli, bell peppers, spinach, tomato, and onion lend themselves to this dish nicely. Also, other cheeses work well if you're short on fresh parmesan.

Basically, this dish works well with just about anything over noodles; it's hard to screw up. I top mine with avocado, which is just icing on an already tasty cake.

But if you're not in a cooking mood, Hugo's Pasta Mama or Pasta Emilia has an excellent rendition of this classic Italian dish.

Hugo's even has a handy video to recreate this amazing dish, as well as a recipe for those of you who want more carefully outlined parameters.

Hugo's is located at 8401 Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood OR 12851 Riverside Drive in Studio City.

-- Lauren Williams

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