Recently, I joined a fabulous website called…For the Love of Blogs (FTLOB) and marvel daily at their wonderful features. Each day carries its own label, Magical Mondays, Thirsty Thursdays, Fab Friends Fridays; each feature gives members a chance to put their best blogging-foot forward and share thoughts, crafts and…recipes.
That feature is today….Tasty Tuesdays!
Although my writings jump around from Alzheimer’s-related stories, to other topics, I realized that, hey, I’m a cook and a pretty dang good one if I say so myself; as such, I’m taking the plunge and sharing a favorite, quick, and fun pasta recipe which is perfect for a last-minute dinner or can be dressed-up for company. There is always something hiding in the back of your pantry, or fridge, that works perfectly with any pasta dish, especially when you’re in a mad rush!
The trick here is…imagination; use it and enjoy!
Last-minute, In a dinner-hurry Pasta
- 1 lb. (your choice) Pasta (Rotini, Bow Ties, Orrichette, Rigatoni, Gemelli)
- 1 lb. (your choice) Frozen Veggies (Broccoli, Mixed Veggies)
- 1 Family-Size Can Cream of Mushroom Soup
- 2 Tbsp. Fresh, chopped Basil (or dried Italian Seasoning)…..extra for garnish
- 1 Cup Shaved (or grated) Parmesean…extra for garnish
- Optional: Cooked Cubed Chicken or..Ham or..Chopped Cooked Bacon, Seafood or..can of Tuna
- Optional: Can of Sliced Mushrooms
- Optional: Garlic Powder
Cook Pasta in large pot of lightly salted water, bring to boil and allow to cook for 3/4 minutes.
Add bag of Frozen Veggies to boiling water, return to boil and simmer until Pasta is al dente. The beauty of this dish is that the veggies cook in perfect harmony with the Pasta!
Drain but leave a small amount of pasta water in pot; return Pasta and Veggies to pot over Low heat, drizzle with Olive Oil, (add Garlic Powder if desired) and add full can of Mushroom Soup, stirring mixture until blended.
Add small amount of Milk, to thin, if necessary.
Add your choice of Chicken, Ham and/or Bacon, Seafood and can of Mushrooms.
Add 1 cup of Parmesan
Trim with a few Basil Leaves and sprinkle extra Parmesan on top……Serve and Enjoy!
Now…for a fancier version of the same, you can saute Chicken Sausage that comes stuffed with sun dried tomatoes or other delish additions; use Shrimp, Scallops or seafood of your choice and set aside. Use fresh, washed and chopped, Broccoli Rape instead of frozen veggies to cook with the pasta and eliminate the mushroom soup, adding just a good quality Olive Oil and sliced Garlic to the mixture when you return it to the heat. Toss in sliced sausage (or other), sliced sun-dried tomatoes, basil and cheese. Serve with a warm loaf of Ciabatta bread.
Tutti a tavola a mangiare!