Monday, September 29, 2008

What's in the fridge pasta

Once upon a time there was a blog with recipes. Then there was a wiring project, then an infant who didn't want to be set down, a kitchen remodeling project, then a toddler who could open doors. Lately, there's been a distinct shortage of recipes as a result.

Recipes in our house have morphed somewhat. Here's an example, on the table in less than 30 minutes, or 40 if you have a toddler around to "help".

"What's in the fridge?" pasta
  • Start cooking one box of rotini, or 3/4 box, if that's what's in the cupboard
  • Saute a few crushed cloves of garlic and sometimes part of an onion (chopped) in a splash of olive oil.
  • Add a chopped red or green pepper, saute a few more minutes. Also a cup of fresh tomatoes (chopped), or not.
  • Add salt, pepper, oregano.
  • Add 10 oz of frozen (thawed and squeezed) spinach, or some sad-looking fresh spinach
  • Add some chick peas (1-2 cups, cooked for another recipe the other day, or one drained can, if you eat things from cans, which we mostly don't any more), or not.
  • Add some dried and soaked sundried tomatoes, or some oil-cured sundried tomatoes, or not.
  • Toast some walnuts in the oven, or not. (Don't stir them in until everything else is done cooking.)
  • Cook until the noodles are done, stir in the "sauce", top with walnuts, mozarella cheese (or not), serve with some romano (or parmesan) cheese
In the photo: Dalton enjoys making chopped tomatoes (from our garden) with his Dad.

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