Monday, August 3, 2009
A couple days ago, I was was all ready to make dinner, realizing my pantry was becoming a bit bare?.....But a hungry family was slowly encroaching on my kitchen, so a meal had to materialize quickly!
After taking inventory of my meager ingredients,.... I ended up making a couple pasta dishes.....They both seemed to turn out quite nicely,...However, I never expected my family to LOVE them the way they did!!??....My husband just kept eating & eating, saying how delicious the fettucine dish was & my daughters & grandson raved about the "bowties"!......I was just delighted!...& very proud of myself for coming up with two pastas that were healthy, inexpensive & ones I will make again & again!!.....Thought you might like to try them as well!.....Enjoy!!
Fettucini with Cheddar & Broccoli:
*1 pkg. of fettucini
* 3- individual servings of Green Giant's "Broccoli/Cheddar Cheese"( frozen foods)
* olive oil
* 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
* 3- large fresh tomatoes (chopped into 1/2" pieces)
* kosher salt
Prepare fettucini according to pkg. instructions, making sure it is "al dente", no one like mushy pasta!!.....Drain pasta & place back into pasta pot. Take all 3-individual "broccoli/cheese" servings & place in microwave & cook for about 2/3 the recommended time ( again so vegetables stay firm). Add the broccoli/cheese servings over the hot fettucini, along with a a few swirls of olive oil ( approx. a scant 1/4 cup) & a sprinkling of kosher salt. Toss. Add tomatoes & a 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese. Lightly toss again & serve!!.....
Farfalle (bowtie pasta) with Sour Cream Pesto & Capers: ( sounds so fancy doesn't it!)
* pkg. of Farfalle ( bowtie pasta)
* 3/4 cup pesto ( store bought or homemade)
* 3/4 cup light sour cream
* olive oil
* Parmesan cheese
* 3-4 T. capers
Prepare Farfalle according to pkg. instructions ( again al dente).....Drain & place back into pasta pot....Combine 3/4 cup of pesto with 3/4 cup of light sour cream & stir. Add approx. 6 swirls of olive oil & stir again. Add to hot pasta & toss. Add 3-4 T. of capers & a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese & lightly toss again. Serve.