Well, this month and next are just crazy with my youngest daughter graduating from high school and heading to college… THEN my oldest moving into a house with other college students for the next year. So, between proms, award ceremonies, senior dinners, graduations and parties, that puts my art time at the lowest of priority, don’t you think? Then add a full-time job to that. All I can say is I better keep my day job to pay for all the hubbub and tuition. So, I won’t complain about working full-time anymore… well, I can’t promise that.
Ok, am I whining? I don’t mean to.. but honestly, once the end of the high school years get a little closer, I can’t wait for it all to be over. I know, I know.. enjoy the time when they are still young and blah blah blah.. well, I’ve enjoyed it since pre-school, folks and it’s time to move on. There, I said it and I feel better now.
As for “empty nesting”.. well, that’s another story. I’ll deal with that in September. God knows, I better like my husband enough to spend all this alone time with him. Honey, you need to get a hobby… soon. Cuz, when I’m finally up in my studio enjoying some “bubble” time, don’t come a knockin when my art is a rockin. Oooo …that felt good too.
So, I don’t have any mixed media art to share right now.. but I do have some culinary art…
What makes me feel better and comforted? Pasta. C’mon you feel the same don’t you?
Well, here is a ONE PAN meal that I make that the family loves. Having the pasta cook in the meat sauce gives is a creamy texture and taste. .. and ONE PAN, people.. one pan.. gotta love it.
JUDY’S ONE PAN PASTA AND MEAT SAUCE
1 TB extra virgin olive oil
1 small sweet onion chopped small
1 small red pepper chopped small
1 package of ground chicken
1 box of pasta (rigatoni, shells, elbows, penne, etc)
1 can of Pastene Kitchen Ready tomatoes (my fav is Pastene)
water – to make up for liquid to boil pasta
granulated garlic or fresh
salt and pepper to taste
basil, oregano, sugar (to taste, optional)
First, this is what I use to chop my vegetables. I love this.. I can’t tell you how much this has saved me. It’s by Tupperware. So fast and simple.
Swirl olive oil in large sauce pan. Saute the onion and pepper until carmelized and soft.
Add chicken. Stir fry it up until chicken is no longer pink. Add your first layer of salt, pepper and garlic.
Add the can of tomatoes and the second layer of salt, pepper and garlic, plus the oregano and basil (and sugar, if desired). Let come to simmer.
Add the box of pasta and stir until the pasta is coated. Then add water (start with a cup) to the empty can of tomatoes to get the rest of the left over juices and add that to the pan to cover the pasta so it will simmer in the liquid.
Cover and let this simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until the pasta is cooked. Keep it on low or the bottom will not burn. You are not boiling this like normal pasta. If you burn it by chance, DO NOT scrape up the bottom.. Just transfer everything into another pan WITHOUT the bottom layer that’s stuck.
The sauce will be absorbed into the pasta to give it an infused, creamy taste. Add parmesan cheese in it and on the top if you wish. Some nice Italian bread (make it garlic bread..mmmmm) and a salad would be a great addition and you’re done.
.. and did I say ONE PAN already? No separate pan to boil the pasta in and no strainer.
Thanks for stopping by.