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Monday, June 22, 2015

Quick and Easy Summer Pasta Meal

I eat a lot of pasta. I love it. Some nights, I need to make the quickest possible meal, and pasta is always at the top of my "need dinner now" list. I'm always sure to incorporate fresh herbs, and lots of veggies to every dinner I make that includes pasta. It's incredibly easy, insanely quick, and a perfect Summer pasta meal. Tonight's meal took about 15 mins, start to finish. I'll share tonight's recipe with you below.

  1. 2-4 (or if you're me 10) chopped Garlic cloves
  2. 1 Chopped Onion
  3. 2 Tomatoes 
  4. 1 cup sliced Mushrooms
  5. Fresh Dill Weed (about 1 tbsp)
  6. Pompeian White Cooking Wine (a splash, or two...or 3)
  7. 1 Bunch Organic Spinach
  8. Kalamata Olives 
  9. 10 oz. Buitoni Alfredo Sauce
  10. 1 bag Central Market H-E-B Armoniche Macaroni 
  11. Tuscan Seasoning, found at H-E-B
  12. Crumbled Feta Cheese
First, bring a large pot of water to a boil for pasta. I add salt and a touch of EVOO to the water.  Once water begins to boil, add pasta. While waiting on pasta to boil, begin to chop onion, garlic, tomatoes, mushrooms, and spinach. I don't always chop my spinach, but for this dish, I wanted it chopped. 

After the fresh vegetables are chopped, add EVOO to a deep dish skillet (I prefer to use my deep dish skillet for pasta meals, as they can easily hold a lot of pasta, and sauce without any spillage. Easy clean-up)

Add onion and garlic to the deep dish skillet, and sautee'. Be sure not to overcook. Next, add chopped tomatoes. At this point, I add the first tiny splash of Pompeian White Cooking Whine. 

Remove pasta from stove after about 12 mins, or when the pasta is done. Be careful not to overcook pasta. Rinse pasta, and sit aside. 

Next, toss mushrooms into the skillet, and then spinach. Now, add the 10 oz package of Buitoni Alfredo Sauce. Reduce heat to simmer, and stir. Feel free to add extra Pompeian White Cooking Wine at this point.

Stir in pasta, and Tuscan Seasoning. Make sure all pasta is coated with Buitoni Alfredo Sauce, and all veggies are evenly distributed. 

Lastly, sprinkle Dill Weed evenly onto meal. Add Kalamata olives and crumbled feta.

Pour yourself a glass of wine, and enjoy!

#Quick #Easy #Fresh 
Since mushrooms and spinach both seem to cook pretty quickly, I do not add these until right before I add the Buitoni Alfredo Sauce and eventually, the pasta. I don't like overly cooked veggies.  


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