simple, tasteful pastas for emily
let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a hearty bowl of pasta? the sad thing is that most americans simply think spaghetti and meatballs when they think pasta. while a good marinara sauce and a good meatball are timeless, there are so many other ways to make pasta! i am personally a pasta freak, i would eat it every night, and generally do when tomas is working nights! my friend emily, who is a new mommy, asked me the other day to write a post on easy pasta recipes for her so here we are!
most of the time when i cook pasta i make up a recipe based on whatever i have in my fridge at the time, usually including something with bell peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, parmesan, and tomatoes. in this post however, i am going to try to avoid any recipe that has any actual tomato chunks in it because i know emily won’t eat it 😉 all the recipes i’m listing here, one for every night of the week, are from other food blogs i follow except one – the specially requested and famed macaroni and cheese a la mama hovie and grandma dorothy!
there are two recipes in my toolbox, macaroni & cheese and my mom’s original grilled cheese, that require the most processed cheeses known to man – velveeta and american! these two cheese melt beautifully and are incredibly creamy!
i hope all these recipes come in handy emily, just remember to take it one at a time, and don’t worry so much about making it perfect!! anyone else have any quick and delicious recipes to share?
pasta with creamy avocado sauce from eats well with others
lemony broccoli and shrimp pasta from smokin’ chesnut
roasted zucchini pasta from ezra pound cake
chive pasta with crimini mushrooms from 20 something cupcakes
shell beans pasta with cilantro lime vinaigrette from love food eat (substitute cannellini beans for the fresh beans in the recipe to make it easier – you won’t have to cook them, just rinse them off and toss in when the pasta is ready)
cheesy taco pasta from lauren’s latest
macaroni & cheese
serving size depends on when you can stop yourself from eating them!
2 cups dry macaroni pasta
4 T butter
1/4 cup milk
8oz velveeta cheese, cubed
salt to taste
cook the pasta to the box’s directions. strain out the water and put the pasta back into the pot. add in the cheese, butter, milk, and cheese and mix until everything is melted. add salt to taste and have your fork/spoon ready to dive in!!!!
note: kids – you may want to look into kraft’s “macsurance” if your parents like to steal your mackers!!!