Remember. Back in the day. When I used to babble on and on about things like carb loading. And split times. And pacing. And speed workouts.

When I used to wake up at the crack of dawn on Saturday mornings. To run for 20 miles. In the name of fun.

Remember when I used to come home, two thousand calories in debt, and shovel down a cinnamon raisin bagel smothered in half a jar of peanut butter.

Those were the days.

Remember when I got an MRI two weeks ago. And found out that I have (had?) a stress fracture on my inferior pubic ramus.

No? Really? Well they do say that dementia is presenting earlier and earlier these days…


Don’t worry. You couldn’t possibly remember this. Because I didn’t tell you. Yes, even I am capable of keeping a modicum of information about my life private.

Anyway. It’s true. I have a stress fracture on my inferior pubic ramus. Which, for those of you who don’t know. Is one of the bones that makes up your pelvis. Here’s a picture.

Seriously. What is the point of injuring your pelvis if the cause of injury is not *ahem* extra-curricular activities. Good-bye dating life. It was nice knowing you.

So the good news is. That I don’t need surgery. (Major YAY!)

And the bad news is. That patience. Is a virtue. That I don’t have. But that I will somehow need to muster up. Because all I can do. Is wait.

This is me. Waiting.

Still. Waiting.

Are we there yet?
So in an attempt to make molehills out of mountains. I’ve come up with a new motto.

It goes something like this. Cue the lights.

When life hands you a stress fracture on your inferior pubic ramus…eat cheese. Actually. When anything goes wrong. Or right. Eat cheese. But especially when you have a stress fracture on your inferior pubic ramus.

Why cheese? (First of all. Why not cheese. Do you really need a reason to eat cheese? How about this. It’s a day that ends in “Y”. Cheese time!)

One word. Calcium.

A critical component of bone healing. It comes in many delicious forms. Such as cheese. And ice cream. And the way I see it is. If you are lucky enough to have a medical reason such that you are required to eat more cheese and ice cream. By all means. Use it.

For this edition of Taste and Create, I was assigned to Chaya of My Sweet and Savory. Who is perhaps one of my favorite bloggers out there. Chaya is a superwoman. She writes two blogs. Posts regularly on Our Krazy Kitchen.And hosts and organizes a whole slew of events. Every. Week. All while cooking supremely awesome food. And she also moonlights as a teacher. You know. When she isn’t fighting crime. And/or baking cupcakes. Needless to say. I was excited when I found out we were partnered up.

After a quick search of her blog. I stumbled upon this pasta dish. An immediate winner, in my opinion. Caramelized onions. Copious amounts of ricotta. Just what I needed to get me one step closer to closing up this crack in my bone. So that one of these days. I can get back to rambling on about Gu gels and the pros and cons of Gatorade.

I know you all can’t wait.

Caramelized Onions, Broccoli, and Ricotta Pasta

Serves 2, adapted from My Sweet and Savory

1/2 lb pasta
1 cup part-skim ricotta
1/4 cup parmesan
1 tbsp chopped oregano
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1/2 tsp dried sage
salt and pepper, to taste
1 large onion, sliced
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil
2 bunches broccoli, cut into little stalks (NOTE – there were supposed to be pine nuts in here. But I somehow ran out. So I added broccoli instead.)

1. Set up water for the pasta.

2. Combine the ricotta and parmesan with the oregano, parsley, and sage. Add salt and black pepper to taste.

3. Combine butter and oil in a large skillet. Add the onion slices and cook for 25 minutes on a low flame. During the last ten minutes, add the broccoli.

4. Drain the pasta, reserving about a cup of pasta water. Add the pasta to the onions and broccoli.

5. Add some cooking water to the ricotta until it has a smoother, saucier consistency. Mix with the pasta. Salt and pepper to taste.

Like I said. This is my submission to Taste and Create. And also to next week’s Presto Pasta Nights which is being hosted by Rachel of The Crispy Cook.

ALSO. Regional Recipes: Vietnam. Let’s GO people! Send me your Vietnamese recipes before the end of the month!

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72 Responses to Caramelized Onions, Broccoli, and Ricotta Pasta

  1. mmmmmmmmmmm injuries suck. i’m still resting. will try to squeak out a run on saturday!

    haahaah i’m glad we bth like being on top. that’s the only place to be!

    yes. YES santa needs to send us BOTH reliable guys! WTF is this. i refuse to search now.

  2. Karine says:

    I am so sorry for you stress facture. That’s so annoying.

    Yum ricotta and pasta! Such a great combo 🙂

  3. Kelsey says:

    wow! im really sorry to hear this 🙁 i know this may sound a little dumb, but is it really painful? im guessing ‘yes of course’ but is it hard to walk and such? i didnt know u were an avid runner like that! im so sorry this happened though! <3

    can i lighten the mood by saying, what a great opening line for a first date? lol no, just kidding. made you smile tho.. 🙂

    i hate patience, and impatiently trying to be patient is even more annoying! <3

  4. Simply Life says:

    Ooh what a great looking pasta dish!

  5. This looks lovely! I love caramelized onions and broccoli. Bookmared.

    I never knew anyone who could run for 20 miles on a sat morning! I am so sorry about the stress fracture. Do take a lot of rest sweets. It is because of excessive work out?

  6. Yay for carbs! Everything in moderation, right? 🙂 I absolutely love pasta with ricotta cheese and veggies. Such comfort food!

  7. doggybloggy says:

    is that an actual x-ray of you? wow!

  8. So sorry to hear of the stress facture – that totally sucks, but a definite yay on the no surgery. 20 miles on a Saturday morning just because? I’m not sure whether or not to be in fear or awe. The pasta did sounds good for whatever ails you – yum!

  9. Kim says:

    Sorry to hear about the fracture, definitely not too fun when it comes to being young and single. I say milk it for whatever it’s worth and enjoys lots of yummy pasta with CHEESE. This recipe looks like some cheesy deliciousness.

    Hope you’re feeling better soon!

  10. I’m so sorry about the stress fracture, hope it heals soon! The pasta is great, I always love the combo with ricotta and the additions of caramelized onions is so yummy!

  11. Pam says:

    Sorry to hear about the fracture; you’ll just have to cook more while you’re waiting! This recipe sounds and looks delicious. I will be trying it as it is filled with all things good! Thanks and take care…

  12. I am sorry about your stress fracture. Take care Joanne!

    The pasta looks lovely!

  13. Yes, cheese will pretty much take care of any problem! Hopefully it will help! The pasta looks great, all of my favorites in one big bowl. How could I NOT like it!

  14. Rachel says:

    Sorry to hear about your pubis interior ramis or whatever scary bone your fracture resides in, but cheese and patience sound like a good prescription. Thanks for sending this over to Pasta Presto Nights!

  15. Eliana says:

    That’s too bad about the fracture but this dish is an all around knock out!

  16. Katerina says:

    I hope to be healled really soon. In the meantime, I think you are doing the right thing. Enjoy beautifully hand made meals like this one. They can make your day.

  17. Katie says:

    Yikes! I suppose any fracture isn’t good, but that sounds like a particularly unpleasant place. I hope it heals soon (and eat as much cheese as possible in the process)!!

  18. Tasha says:

    I seriously wish I had a big bowl of this to eat for breakfast right now. It looks so good!

    So sorry about your injury! Enjoy consuming lots and lots of calcium so you can heal quickly.

  19. Wishing you a speedy recovery from your injury. Marvelous pasta dish. I especially love the caramelized onions.


  20. Mo Diva says:

    i dig this recipe… like alot. I love ricotta cheese… like loooove it.

  21. oy vey-stress fracture in the pelvis-yes you must rest and recuperate-DO NOT RUN! but enjoy the amazing pasta-I could take a swim in that sauce for sure 🙂

  22. Mimi says:

    Ow! Sorry about the injury. Yes…dairy…you should dairy load!! I agree!

  23. Well, you’ve never been boring, Joanne, and neither are your injuries! Here’s to more cooking – our side benefit of you having to stay put for a while.

    Great recipe! Things have been crazy busy around here and I hope to try it when the dust settles.

  24. Laurie says:

    Yummy, cheesy recipe.. I hope eating recipes like this will help. So sorry to hear of your injury.. yikes! Hoping and praying patience for you.. but, that cinnamon raisin bagel smothered in half a jar of peanut butter.. still sounds good! 🙂

  25. teresa says:

    so sorry to hear about the injury, especially considering how much you enjoy running. i hope the time goes quickly for you, and yes, eat lots of cheese!

    this looks wonderful, i love the caramelized onions!

  26. Kris says:

    Now that is right up my alley!

  27. elra says:

    Ouch, seriously … you??? Glad that you don’t need surgery! I’d miss all of your delicious posting, especially your sense of humor.

    I’ll feed this to my little nephew too, bet they’ll love it. Good way to make kid eat their broc!

  28. Mary says:

    I hope they told you that you’ll have to give up belly dancing :-). On a more serious note I’m so glad that surgery is not required. Take it a bit easier and let time do its job. I love your recipe today. I hope you are having a not-too-bad day. Blessings…Mary

  29. msmeanie says:

    Joanne, I am so sorry about your stress fracture. I am a runner too and I hate injuries! Yes time is all it takes to heal and patience, which I don’t have either. 🙂 This pasta dish looks so amazing too. I love the cheesiness. You’re right, cheese is a cure-all!

  30. RamblingTart says:

    Oh luv, I’m so sorry to hear of your injury! I hope it isn’t too terribly painful for you. 🙁 Cheese is an excellent choice in comfort food, and I hope it helps heal those bones of yours and gets you back into fighting shape. 🙂 I love Chaya too. She’s an amazing woman.

  31. Suman says:

    Sorry to hear about the fracture, hope it heals soon…take care Joanne…

    This pasta dish look delicious…nice combo..yummy!

  32. Karen says:

    Oh, no! So sorry about the fracture, but you’re right… eat all things caldium rich! Chocolate ice cream, vanilla ice cream, rocky road ice cream, butter pecan ice cream, strawberry ice cream. 🙂

  33. Sook says:

    Oh the color of the brocoli looks so vibrant and appetizing! What a lovely dish.

  34. shankari says:

    Would never have thought of adding ricotta & pasta

  35. I’m sorry about your injury! And what a most inopportune place for it to be. It must hurt just to walk?! But I’m glad surgery isn’t necessary. Eating lots of cheese is a much better option. This pasta doubles as calcium rich and comfort food! Positively delicious.

  36. Pam says:

    You would run 20 miles for fun? Really? Running a block doesn’t even sound fun to me. BUT, eating this pasta sounds REALLY FUN TO ME!!

  37. Raina says:

    Sorry to hear about your injury. Hope you get better real soon. Glad to hear you are healing yourself with and delish..perfect medicine. This dish looks wonderful..a definite must try!

  38. Deborah says:

    I never mind eating cheese – especially like this!!

  39. Sounds like you are onto something with more cheese and ice cream. Love it! Sorry to hear about your fracture, but at least you are still creative in the kitchen! Great lookin’ pasta. xo

  40. What a fresh and fabulous looking dish! All your recipes look so inviting! I’ll be back!


  41. Amy says:

    I was like, “Wait a minute. Did I miss a post? Not possible.”

    Say it ain’t so. Oh, honey. That sucks serious ass. Are you in pain?? Well, I like your solution. Cheese cures a lot of woes. I know I have great bones, with all the milk I drink. I’m a milk whore. Oh wait… I think the amount of Pepsi I drink, probably counters the positive effect the milk has. I guess I better eat more cheese.

  42. The pasta looks great with broccoli. And yes, eat cheese, lots of them.

  43. MaryMoh says:

    So sorry to hear of the fracture. Must be painful. I do hope you recover soon. Thanks very much for sharing the pasta dish. Please take care. Mary

  44. Get well Soon dear, take care of u ter. Pasta recipe with broccoli looks delicious n yummy dear.

  45. Pasta looks rich and creamy, loved that you added ricotta cheese…simply yum, and do take care joanne,hope you get well soon

  46. oh man, get well soon! The pasta looks really good!

  47. Stella says:

    This pasta looks delicious, Joanne. I think I made something similar recently, and it was good so I know this is…
    By the way, make sure your’e getting enough Vitamin D and magnesium too, so that bone heals as fast as possible. 4 out of 5 Americans are magnesium deficient, which affects mood and bone health. I suppose you might already know this stuff (smile)!

  48. I’m sorry to hear about your stress fracture!

    Want me to send you cookies?

    Also, did I mention that I got offered a Cornell elective spot for the month of July? YESSSSSSS!!

    ps. This pasta looks fabulous. It’s already on next week’s menu.

  49. Velva says:

    You never need a reason to eat good cheese….howevr, if you neeed one, having a stress fracture on your pelvis/pubic bone is as good as any other reason…Eat up! Your calcium awaits you.

    On a serious note- Get plenty of rest and relax.

    The pasta dish looks fabulous.

  50. Lori says:

    Sorry to hear that. What a bummer.

    Meanwhile this cheese pizza looks amazing. This is one delicious way of calcium loading.

  51. Jagruti says:

    Owwwwww, so sorry Jo..:-( know what I’m gonna pass this recipe staright to my DD, who is pasta and cheese lover..good info

  52. PJ says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your stress fracture.. but hey, look at the good part, no surgery is great! and yes you are right when life gives you stress fractures, eat more cheese! absolutely 🙂

  53. Caronae says:

    These are some of my favorite flavors! Yum-o. I recently discovered that I like ricotta — I hated it as a kid. But it’s so creamy and versatile. I definitely want to try this delicious combo. And calcium? Always appropriate. Especially in ben and jerry’s form!

  54. Julie says:

    i. understand. completely.

    i have a tear in my labrum of my hip and i suck at taking care of it. and there’s no way in hell i’m getting surgery. and yes i probably abuse it when i run on it for like 20 minutes every week. but whatever. i suck.

    i should eat cheese. oh wait i already did today.

  55. vanillasugar says:

    just wanted to know if you got the gift certificate ok? can you let me know? thanks

  56. Azita says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your fracture. get well soon! this pasta looks really good and healthy!

  57. I wish I could run 20 miles for fun, I’m not going to even try. This looks like a great pasta combination!

  58. Peabody says:

    This looks devine. I love the use of the ricotta cheese.

    Hope you mend quickly.

  59. Debinhawaii says:

    Ouch! Hope you heal quickly–eat more ice cream! This pasta looks delicious. 😉

  60. theUngourmet says:

    Oh Joanne that just really stinks! Hope you heal fast! I love the look of this dish. So fresh, so cheesy, so…yum!

  61. Nadji says:

    J’espère que tu guériras très vite.
    Un très bon plat de pâtes aux légumes.
    Bon dimanche.

  62. sophia says:

    Ack! Poor Joanne…I know how active you are…I hope you heal soon! But yup, not a big task eating up calcium, when they come in such delicious forms! And this pasta…oooh you put all my favorite ingredients in one dish!

  63. Ruth Daniels says:

    You are the only person I know that can make a painful and frustrating situation extremely funny to the rest of us. As for patience…and the old saying that it’s a virtue…well, how about a few deep breaths and more pasta with cheese.

    Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.

  64. Dana says:

    Oh no Joanne. That is the worst feeling. You want to work out and can’t. I had problems with scar tissue from my c-sections and couldn’t run for 6 months. Starting back up again was almost worse than not being able to run. I send you healing vibes!

  65. I am so glad, I gave you an excuse to write about your uh uh physical problems….don’t ask me to repeat those physical terms.

    How come yours looks better than mine? No, don’t answer that. It is a good dish, though and I hope it helps the fracture.

    Thanks for your kind words.

  66. sweetlife says:

    sorry about the fracture…that sucks..I love your calcium loaded dish, stay motivated girl


  67. Shannon says:

    i think cheese is most definitely the answer for patience! so glad you don’t need surgery though, i’m sure the recovery is shorter than that!

  68. Danielle says:

    Would it help if you had some smoked mozzarella? (I just found some the other day by accident and I’m in love!!) Bummer about the fracture. soooo….when did you fall on your a$$?

  69. ejm says:

    This is my kind of dinner. I hope I don’t have to have a stress fracture in order to eat it several times. (You poor thing!! I hope it mends quickly.)


  70. i haven’t done taste and create in ages; its fun. i love broccoli with pasta.

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