Tuesday, September 4, 2007

pasta!

one thing i made this weekend was 15-minute pasta. not hard, obvi, but super good.
i started with frozen spinach-pesto filled gnocchi from trader joes. i heated up some oil and threw them in. i stirred whenever i could (though clearly not enough, because they got a little burnt).
while it was cooking, i made pasta sauce with the following quick-and-easy recipe:
/ a couple of spoonfuls of minced garlic.
< one can of diced tomatoes.
\ one can of tomato paste
mix those things together in a heated saucepan with a little bit of olive oil. you could first put some onions in, and cook them for 2-3 minutes, but i didnt have any. as the above ingredients are warming, quickly chop some frozen artichokes and a few strips of fake bacon. throw those in as well. put in some basil, a splash of lemon juice, a tiny pinch of sugar, and let it cook for like 5 min on medium heat while you get everything else ready.
while these things were cooking, i made a smoothie with frozen blueberries, frozen mangos, raspberry sorbet, and soymilk.
and then, tah-dah! a really good meal done in 15 min!

2 comments:

S said...

Great job making that pasta dish and the sauce! thats a perfect way to do it - while the other stuff is cooking. you know, ive been cooking the kinds of meals you are talking about by myself for a while now. i havent quite mastered how to cook a single serving though. but that works out really well for me cause then ill cook one night and have leftovers for like 3. it works well. and i can time my cooking by what day i know i will have time to cook and then what days i will need the leftovers. what ive been doing also lately is making even more than i think i will even need for leftovers for the week and taking 1 or 2 portions and freezing them in the small containers you get from like bukharahs or something. they seal really well. you're totally on your way! sean

Mark D. Snyder said...

i love fake bacon and smoothies!