Unemployment Pasta

Here's what happens when lifestyle radio hosts have no radio job – they cook…I mean, I cook.

Here's the beauty of this pasta. It's cheap, it's easy, and you can make it in the middle of the day. Also meat free, fiber rich, heart healthy and vitamin C centric. Mostly this pasta with sugar snap peas and feta tastes darn good and is assembled in about 15 minutes.


No more than 8 ounces of pasta (that's only 1/2 bag!)

1 bag sugar snap peas, strings removed from spine if tough

1 shallot, 2 if small, or another onion like veg chopped fine

1 tablespoon olive oil


Pepper if desired

1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese

**fresh herbs would probably be a great addition if you have them, mint in particular

Get salted pasta water started. When you add pasta to the water, heat large skillet on medium heat. Add olive oil to the pan. When it's hot, add shallot and a sprinkle of salt, cook 2-3 minutes, but dont let it burn. stir and/or lower heat if necessary. Add sugar snap peas. Toss for a minute or two, then add 1/4 cup of water from pasta pot. Slap a lid on it for 3-5 minutes, depending on desired tenderness. Save 1/2 cup more of pasta water. Drain pasta and add to skillet. Add enough pasta water to make “sauce”. Combine feta.

Serve, eat, enjoy the privilege of the under employed – B

*Note: you need not have a change in job status to make this pasta.It is an equal opportunity recipe that has a wide variety of socio-economic appeal.


Published by Betsy Karetnick

Dynamic lifestyle broadcaster, journalist, and media expert. Brand builder. Innovator. Producer. Experienced in business development and all aspects of media. Extensive experience on a national platform attracting and retaining an audience by mixing entertainment and education on lifestyle issues including cooking, cleaning, crafting, organizing, personal finance and dining out. Owner and operator of The Portable Garden, northern New Jersey's premier source for exclusive custom event design, special event flowers, container gardens and small scale landscape installations.

16 thoughts on “Unemployment Pasta

  1. I really miss your show too! Wish you and Brian all the best and hope to hear you on the radio again soon! All the best!

  2. I love your attitude — here you are, taking some news that nobody wants or likes to receive with humor, grace, and pasta. Brilliant! This blog is excellent — your voice and kitchen/culinary presence shines out wonderfully. You are a star and I am watching the skies where you will keep on shining.

  3. Betsy , I miss you, I loved listening to you!!!
    I could listen to you all day! Please let us know your next job because I’m sure you will get one soon, you are very valuable and liked very much!

  4. So sad that you are off the air and the way that it came about. Shame on Martha. I tried listening to that first new show of hers with daughter Alexis. It was painful. Have turned off Sirius and back to CDs. Hope to find you on a station soon. Enjoyed your shows.

  5. Easy, yummy and budget-friendly…What more can we ask for?!
    Thank you for sharing…Ditto to all of the above! 😉

  6. I really feel like Martha needs you there on her new show. I’m just saying. It’s been really well, dull so far. And then they actually repeated a show and it’s only been on a week. I know you probably don’t talk bad about her, but I can! 😉

  7. Thank you, Betsy, for your delicious sense of humor and for keeping in touch with your adoring fans. We love you and can’t wait til you find a new media home that appreciates how wonderful you are!

  8. Definitely agree with the ladies who have already posted. Really missing you on the radio, Betsy. But your talent will see you through (and hopefully, that means we’ll be seeing/hearing you again before too long). Until then… keep cooking!

  9. I would add garlic. 🙂 Let’s just say we all hope you are able to find employment soon because we miss you! I have to say you are one of the best radio hosts I have ever listened to. Missing you on my morning commute! 🙂

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