pasta love

I really wish that I could control my love for pasta. I am in such a comfort zone, when I cook and eat pasta. It’s my go-to dinner.

Let’s start with the side-salad that I made to pair with my pasta dinner last night. I pulled a “let’s see what is in the fridge” with this creation. I found:

salad greens    carrots    beets    strawberries    sundried tomatoes   Trader Joe’s corn salsa

I mixed the randomness above and topped with extra virgin olive oil and white balsamic dressing. Surprisingly tasty I must say.

For the pasta, I sautéed mushrooms, peas and sun-dried tomatoes in 1/4 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoons of vegetable oil (add more or less to taste). I didn’t add garlic, but feel free to saute a couple of cloves before adding the vegetables. While cooking, I added some water from my boiling whole wheat pasta to the vegetables to keep them from drying out.

Once the vegetables were almost finished, I threw in some fresh herbs (parsley and basil on hand) and salt/pepper to taste. Then turned off the heat and added about 1/2 cup of part-skim ricotta cheese and al dente whole wheat linguine. I might try marscapone instead of the ricotta next time for a creamier sauce.

Side note: Is it OK to cook an entire box of pasta for 2 people? Perry has been a bit bitter lately about my larger than life portions. I guess he thinks I’m trying to fatten him up for bathing suit season.

– jess

What’s your favorite pasta dish?

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