Make that one behemoth of a famiglia that has its pasta all over the world. The contestants, by comparison, are one little family tasked with cooking enough carbs to feed Barilla’s 500 employees and then some. One of the judges, naturally, is the president of Barilla himself – Guido Barilla. Sounds like fun right?
Recap: Split up into 2 teams (Reds and Greens), each squad was challenged with creating 3 pasta dishes: 1 lasagna, 1 seafood, and 1 vegetarian. The Greens made a veggie lasagna, which, according to Guido Barilla, was “delicato”. He also said something to the effect that the dish was not the usual italian flavors, but I sure do hope he didn’t mean that it was gay*. This dish was the only one that didn’t make the cut for his tastebuds. Each to his own.
*I’m poking fun at the brouhaha in September 2013 when Guido Barilla stated on an italian radio interview that homosexual families will never feature in Barilla tv ads. You can read an english translation on snopes. Mr. Barilla did issue apologies in italian and english.
Green Team’s vegetable lasagna
I couldn’t find any recipe to link so I came up with this by way of pressing the ►► and ◄◄ buttons like any dedicated reality show junkie. All I know is that it has zucchini, peas, mint, bechamel sauce and lasagna sheets. I added parmigiano because I, too, don’t like my pasta troppo delicata. Recipe serves 2.
4 lasagna sheets
2 cups grated zucchini, loosely packed
1 cup frozen (or fresh) peas
1 cup chopped mint, loosely packed
2 1/2 cups bechamel sauce
1/2 cup freshly grated parmigiano
salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 200°C. Mix vegetables together; season to taste with salt and pepper. Lightly oil a 26×20 cm baking pan and spread with a thin layer of bechamel. Place 2 lasagna sheets on top. Cover with half of the vegetable mix, then spoon over a layer of half the bechamel. Sprinkle with half of the parmigiano. Repeat once more with the remaining ingredients. Cover with foil and bake for 24 minutes.
Family dynamics on a reality show – there’s at least one who complains. I don’t know what Debra said exactly (in english), but my ears heard this: In teams challanges I often have the distinct feeling of being shoved in a corner to get me out of the way and do boring stuff. Oh boo hoo!