Monday, April 21, 2014

Easy, creamy pasta


Do you whip up a bowl of pasta by boiling said pasta and then pouring heated spaghetti sauce – straight from the jar – on top? If you raised your hand, then you are my people.

You see, this method has worked for me – and Scotty – for quite some time. Hell, I’m not picky; back in my bachelorette days, Cheerios and a green apple constituted dinner, so even today, I’ll eat pretty much anything.

Scotty was okay with this, too, until seemingly overnight, he turned into Mr. Fancy Pants and his palette became more sophisticated. (I knew Scott should not have introduced him to shrimp cocktail.) Last night, I poured spaghetti sauce over boiled pasta for Scotty and he looked at me like I was feeding him Alpo. I stared back at him with an expression that read What do you want from me, kid? Eat.

So this is why – for more reasons I can count – it is beneficial to marry a chef. Scott flies in to save dinner by incorporating two ingredients that most of us already have in the fridge, even before grocery day:

He simply added garlic paste to the cooked pasta, then added the spaghetti sauce (which had been simmering on the stove), and he topped the whole thing off by mixing in a healthy dollop of sour cream. VoilĂ .  It instantly became a more appetizing dish.

Dear God, I hope Scotty doesn’t expect this kind of transformation with his Eggo waffles tomorrow morning because I got nothin’.

Disclaimer: If you have the pleasure of dining with toddlers, the sauce from this dish will still make clean-up a real PITA. You’ll do well by taking the advice I dispense here.

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20 comments:

  1. That little stinker! Thank goodness for the hubs! Sour cream makes everything better!

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    1. I know, Susie. Like I said, I hope he doesn't expect this kind of miracle from all other meals...

      And if he does, he better hope and pray his father is home. :-/

      Thank you for commenting!

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  2. I would've never thought about adding sour cream. Sounds really yummy! I sometimes add chopped bell peppers and onions in the sauce.

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    1. Hi, Louida! Yes, try it. And when you do, let me know your verdict!

      Heck, that might be mama's dinner tonight! ;-)

      Thank you for commenting!

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  3. That's a great idea (sour cream) LOL at Mr Fancy pants and the Cherrios and apple dinner :)

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    1. Cookie, I am dead serious. After the 10-hour days at the office that I used to put in, I didn't even have the patience to wait for the water to boil for a potof boxed mac & cheese! Cheerios, soy milk (I have since switched to eating my cereal with almond milk), a packet of Splenda, and a sliced-up green apple. YUM. I am not even joking.

      Try it! (For breakfast of course; lol). It's is tasty, sweet, and full of fiber. lol

      Thank you, as always, for commenting!

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  4. Really Courtney!? I just pushed back a huge carb craving and THEN I read this...Game over, I give in, it's on now. That looks incredible!!!

    I'm mad at you, no I love you, wait, yeah...I love you.
    ;)
    Sandra

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    1. I'm sorry, Sandra! I really am! I am simply trying to do my duty to help pasta lovers everywhere -- particularly those who are living with a 2.5 yo Fancy Pants. ;-)

      I love you, too, Sandra! lol

      Tell me...did you make it? And it tasted divine, didn't it.

      You're welcome. lol

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  5. Yes, this is a great way to jazz up pasta sauces.

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    1. It sure is, Antionette...so much so, that I'm now contemplating making a bowl for myself...which is an absolute no-no at this hour. Grrrrr.

      Oh how I despise temptation.

      Thank you so much for commenting!

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  6. I've never tried it with sour cream. I'll have to keep that in mind.

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    1. One word: YUM. (If you add the garlic paste, then double yum. :-)

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  7. Wow, your hubby rocks.... As for little man, dude it was a good dinner, you didn't have to make it, mommy did!!!! Mine have done that to me, and I point to the cereal, which they then gladly eat, or the teen will turn her nose up at a beautiful dinner to eat Ramen!!! Ramen!!! Holy COW!!!! Glad that the dinner was saved!!!! Yeah for garlic and sour cream, I would never have thought to put that in the sauce, I do put in Ricotta cheese, sometimes... Thanks for the laugh.

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    1. lol you're welcome!

      Mmmmmmm: Ricotta. I should keep that in mind, too! I've only used ricotta in my manicotti, but, come to think of it...ricotta would go with virtually anything that contains pasta...

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  8. OMG I WILL soooo need this soon. My 9 month old son is already over baby food! But thank God my hubby is a chef, too..lol...Great read and new follower!
    xo,
    Lisa
    www.lisaalamode.com

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    1. Awww, thanks, Lisa! I appreciate you stopping by -- and commenting...

      Yes, I'm quite sure your son will be all over this dish. (I know mine is! lol) And if you like pasta, you'll love it, too. I have to stop myself from taking too many bites from my son's bowl...

      I'll be by your place tonight after I put the kiddos to bed...

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  9. LOL!!! Too funny! My son has been picky since he came out of the womb. I wonder sometimes where he gets his picky taste from (ok, I give up - he got it from me!), so I have learned to make masterpieces out of the simplest meals, just like your husband did. He did a great job! And I hope this is not going to stick with your son - it's a pain making those masterpieces every night!

    Thanks so much for sharing on Turn It Up Tuesday! We love having you! :)

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    1. "I hope this is not going to stick with your son."

      This, Natasha. Times a million. And I often ask myself what's next: Will he wake up one day and demand steak Oscar in lieu of his old standby of boxed mac & cheese?

      I sure as hell hope not.

      Thank you for reading. I appreciate it more than you know.

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  10. I do a pasta with vodka sauce thing that requires heavy cream, which I never just *have*, so it always requires planning ahead. (We always just *have* the vodka, of course.) Anyway, this looks like a good swap for that recipe; there is always sour cream in the fridge!

    By the way, I always used to say that I planned to marry a chef, a massage therapist, or a mechanic (gotta be practical, too). Of course I married a man who is none of those things. Oh well.

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    1. Hey, Heather! Thank you for stopping by. Your comment made me chuckle: "We always just *have* the vodka, of course." LOL yeah, I hear ya on that...

      Scott makes a lovely pasta with vodka sauce, which he I'm thankful he whipped up again on my birthday. My saddlebags didn't thank him, no, but my taste buds sure did...

      I always love reading your comments. Thanks, again, and have a good weekend.

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