Tuesday, January 24, 2012

What would you call it?

Although the leftover chili verde sounded fantastic...I was in the mood for pasta

One of my favorite things to do is to whip together a pasta dish with items already in the house

Brent calls each and every dish like this "Crazy Mama Pasta"

Inner monologue: What the heck? Do you think he's referring to the dish or the person cooking the dish??

But he says they're his favorite thing I make, so after a compliment like that, I think he can call them whatever he wants.

I prefer to call them "Pasta-whip-Togethers"

They utilize whatever I have on hand at the moment

Since there will most likely be a few of these pasta-whip-togethers, we'll call this one:

"Pasta-Whip-Together I"
"aka Crazy Mama Pasta I"
1/2 box whole wheat penne pasta
3 garlic cloves, chopped
olive oil
yellow onion, sliced thin
2 portabello mushroom caps, chopped
1/2 can sundried tomatoes (the ones in the olive oil!)!!
2 cups fresh baby spinach
crumbled goat cheese
toasted pine nuts--i used about 1/4 cup

Cook pasta according to directions

Saute the yellow onion in enough olive oil until they are somewhere between translucent add in the mushrooms and continue cooking until the onions are caramelized...lasty, add in the fresh garlic and continue cooking for a couple minutes, until the garlic is sof

WARNING! Overcooked garlic= bitter

In another pan, add an inch of water and cook down the spinach JUST until it's wilted then drain the water from the pan

Yes folks, the spinach needs to have a bright green color.
Overcooked spinach = Dark green/Brown spinach = YUCK. 

If this happens, Dispose of immediately. Give to your dog. Start over.

Once you've properly wilted your spinach--add it to the the mushroom/onions/garlic.

Add 1/2 can of sundried tomatoes with the olive oil

Add the mixture to the pasta in a large bowl 
Toss to coat
Add crumbled goat cheese
Add toasted pine nuts
Salt/Pepper to taste.

Pour wine.

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