Monday, December 12, 2011

Blush............not Bashful!

It has been one of those days friends!  I allowed my husband to Christmas shop with me.  WHAT was I thinking you ask?  I wasn't!  THAT is the problem!  He is a great shopper when we are casually shopping, in fact a far more willing shopper than I.  When we need to look for something in particular, he is nuts.  He had the audacity to tell me the print on our granddaughters tights didn't NEED to be the same pink as the top.  Ladies?!?!  This is what I was dealing with.  He waited while I got my nails done as well, they were 2 weeks overdue, and it took forever.  Needless to say, not all the shopping got done.

We got home late and I decided I didn't want to cook, I wasn't so hungry anyway and I knew George wouldn't be either.   Well he emerged wondering what was for dinner.  Mind you I haven't been to the store for awhile, so I have no fresh herbs, hardly any veg, and no fresh pasta.  So what I concocted out of the pantry was this pasta dish that I LOVED.  I had no idea it would turn out so good!  Although I only made pasta, and no meat, this would be great with a sliced Italian sausage carefully sliced and laid out on top, or grilled chicken.   I am just a pasta lovin' girl.  There is no way around it, and nothing I can humanly do to change it.  I hope you enjoy, add some meat and a salad, or some bread.  Maybe even use it as a side dish alongside a meatloaf!!

You first need to make a little spice blend consisting of:
1 tbsp dried basil
1/2 tbsp onion salt
1 tsp garlic powder
Combine in small dish

Here is what else you will need:
1 tsp olive oil
1 1/2 cups of crushed tomatoes (I used Pomi)
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Spice blend
12 ounce pack of farfelle (bow-ties) or any short pasta of your choice, prepared
according to package directions.  Do not overcook!

While pasta is cooking......
In a high sided skillet add olive oil and tomatoes. Let warm through and add spice blend.  Let come to a tiny boil and turn down to simmer until pasta is finished cooking.  When pasta is done, drain and set aside.

Add in cream and cheese, mixing to combine completely.

Add in pasta and toss until pasta is completely coated in sauce.  It should absorb the perfect amount, almost all of it with a WEE bit left.  Not to dry and not over sauced!

I hope you enjoy this quick and easy side or main dish!!  Have a wonderful evening!!  Happy Christmas baking to all and to all a good night!!

Your "is it Christmas yet"chefwannabe


  1. I love to make quick pasta with cream and tomatoes and Farfelle is my hubby's favorite..You know how to whip things up in a flash..thanks for sharing! :)

  2. I do think I'll try this tonight!! It seems to be pretty easy!!! :D