Well friends, this is the only home cooked meal to come out of our kitchen this week. There was one night of baked potato for me and eggs for him, but that hardly warrants a picture and a post. I promise we eat boring sometimes, it’s not all home baked challah every week. I actually ate this for dinner two nights, so maybe it’s not as bad? Except that my three dinners at home were pasta twice and a potato. Mmm starch.
We made this dinner on Monday night, after 24 hours of traveling on a travel day that should have taken about 5 hours. I didn’t really take notes, we planned the meal on the plane so I could grocery shop, and then Jeffrey did most of the cooking. I actually used most ingredients from the pantry or freezer and only had to buy asparagus, an onion and fresh garlic. That’s pretty good!
Since I didn’t write down a recipe, I’ll share the thought process that I think Jeffrey used too.
For her: I wanted a pasta dish with some veggies and melty cheese. We had linguini in the pantry and used the whole box so there were plenty of leftovers. I thought asparagus was a hearty vegetable, so I bought a bunch of that, and then I used corn and edamame I have frozen. Just a big handful of each.
For him: Jeffrey wanted chicken in his pasta, so I defrosted some raw chicken in the freezer when we got home that afternoon. It was thawed by 6 p.m. when it was time to cook. He didn’t want the corn and edamame, but wanted garlic bread. I defrosted some Mrs. Baird’s white bread that we keep frozen, and we baked it with olive oil sans crust cut in triangles.
For the whole dish to come together, we cooked the pasta as instructions said. About 10 minutes in boiling water.
In a separate pan, we sauteed the asparagus until tender and then added the corn and edamame for me, and none for Jeffrey. I think there was some sauteed onion in there too.
For the pasta sauce, we kept it simple with olive oil and garlic. Jeffrey minced garlic and added it to a sauce pan with olive oil and heated that up. I’m not sure what else was in there, maybe nothing? It made the noodles buttery and slippery. Mmm.
Then we combined the pasta, vegetables, chicken for Jeffrey (pan seared with just salt and pepper), and sauce and cooked together until warmed through. Season with red pepper flakes, salt, pepper and top with grated Parmesan cheese while it’s still hot.