Pasta is one of my favorite dishes because it’s quick, cheap, and easy. Plus there is so much you can do with it… I was thinking about that today and decided to share with you a couple different ways to make pasta! The reason is because the other night I made pasta with tomato sauce, and normally I season it with onion, garlic, basil, oregano, and parsley. It’s really good, but it’s nice to have variety too. We’re actually out of dried basil, and oregano and parsley at the moment, so I couldn’t do what I normally do… and so I used some of the herbs that I’ve been neglecting lately.
- Pasta with rosemary and caramelized onions
Start boiling your water for pasta while you make the sauce. Chop an onion and add, along with some butter, to a saucepan on low heat. Let this cook slowly until it’s browned! Caramelized onion is sooo tasty. I’ve never made it before, so this was a first but it was so good. I did try to make it once before but I had the heat too high- be sure that you really have it low. It will take a long time but that’s what makes it so flavorful. Once your onion is caramelized, add a can of diced tomatoes and turn the heat up to medium. Season with salt, pepper, and rosemary. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add your cooked pasta. Top with some grated cheese.
- Cheesy pasta with tomatoes and spinach
I did share abut this one before, in a previous blog post, but since this is about pasta I can’t leave it out! While you cook your pasta, heat up some oil in a medium frying pan and add a couple handfuls of spinach and 1 cup of cherry tomatoes, cut in half if necessary. Cook, stirring occasionally, for a few minutes, then remove from heat. Once your pasta is cooked, add in a few handfuls of grated cheese and a splash of milk, then stir in the spinach and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper, and enjoy!
- Pizza pasta salad
I made some pasta salad on Sunday that was just a thrown together mix of everything I had, but it tasted similar to pizza! First, cook some pasta and let cool. Dice tomatoes, kalamata olives, cheese, and a hard boiled egg. Add to the pasta along with a few spoonfuls of mayonnaise and a bit of mustard. Season with salt and pepper. Feel free to use other add ins instead/as well… pepperoni, olives, and cheese would be good!
- Classic spaghetti
Cook some spaghetti- or any pasta. While this is cooking, heat a saucepan over medium heat. Add some oil and a diced onion and cook until the onion starts to get translucent. Add a clove or two of minced garlic and cook for a few more minutes. Add a can of tomatoes, and let simmer, stirring, for about 10 minutes. Season with basil, oregano, parsley, salt, and pepper.
- Mac n Cheese
To tell you the truth I’ve never bought macaroni noodles, because I just prefer penne and spirals. However, feel free to use your favorite pasta- for any of these recipes! Cook your pasta, drain it, and pour the cooked pasta back into the pot you used. Add a few handfuls of grated cheese, a splash of milk, and salt, pepper, and garlic salt to taste. Feel free to add it chopped ham or bacon for extra flavor!
- Mexican pasta
Yeah I don’t really know what to call this, but that’s the closest I could think of. As always, start by cooking your pasta! While it cooks, in a large saucepan, sautee some onion and garlic for a few minutes. Add some mince (ground beef) and cook until browned. Add a can of diced tomatoes and a can of kidney beans, and cook, stirring, for several more minutes. Season with salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, coriander, paprika, and oregano, or if you want to keep things simple just use taco seasoning. Remove from the heat and add your pasta, stirring until incorporated.
I’m sorry that I don’t have any photos of these dishes to share! I never think to take photos of my pasta, but I’ll try to remember when I make these dishes again so I can update this post with photos.
In the meantime, enjoy a few photos of the cutest puppy ever:
Lately Jared has been working on teaching Sonic to sit, and to lick instead of bite us, and to bit his toys instead, and it’s going great! Seriously I am so impressed… he really is a smart little puppy! He’s getting cuter all the time, too, and growing like crazy.