Jazz up your pasta night

I love pasta night at our house. It’s easy, delicious and it’s the rare night that everyone is pretty happy with what’s on the table.

Most of the time, I whip up a batch of my grandmother’s sauce. It was passed down to her when she got married and let’s just say this recipe is straight from Italy. It’s by far my favorite thing to eat in the world. If I add in a few straight-from-Italy meatballs, it’s the perfect night. But alas, I cannot share that recipe with you because you would love it and try to jar it and sell it and I would be cast away by my angry Italian aunts & uncles.

SO, instead I will share with you what I do when I haven’t made the effort to make a batch of sauce. Take last night for instance – I started cooking for two already very hungry kids at 5:00pm. I can’t seem to find a store-bought jarred sauce that thrills me so I created something else.

I’m not big into following dinner recipes to be honest mainly because I’m not usually that organized. On the average night, I much prefer some basic food combinations for a good dinner. Here’s what I found in my fridge to work with: Quinoa pasta, kale, sundried tomatoes & pine nuts. I ended up with a very tasty dish that I finished today for lunch. It makes pasta night a little healthier and a little more interesting.

For the purpose of posting it here, I’ll name it Quinoa Kale Pasta. Not very original at all!

  • 1 box Quinoa Pasta
  • 1 large fresh bunch of kale, chopped
  • 1/2 large onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • Tablespoon of olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • Parmesan┬ácheese

Cook pasta as directed. In the meantime, saute kale & onion in olive oil until soft and wilted. Add in sundried tomatoes and pine nuts. Toss with cooked pasta and top with salt, pepper and parmesean cheese.

I think I would have added some garbanzo beans to this if I had any and I might have topped it with a few squeezes of fresh lemon. You can play with it until you find a combo that works for you!


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