Sunday, May 15, 2011

Easy Pasta Recipe

I saw this Creamy Artichoke Recipe on Iowa Girl Eats the other day and decided that I wanted to make something similar for dinner.  It was super easy and tasty!

1 tablespoon butter
EVOO around the pan
2 celery stalks chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
a quarter of a small onion, chopped
1 can diced tomatoes of your choice
1/2 cup milk
2 handfuls mozzarella cheese

First, cook pasta in salted, boiling water.  Drain and return to the hot pot.

At the same time, melt butter and EVOO in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add celery, onions, and basil, then saute until slightly softened, about 2 minutes.  Add the garlic and saute for a minute more.  Next time, I would maybe even add carrots or bell peppers if I had them..

Add the tomatoes to the skillet.  (Next time I would probably add red pepper flakes for a kick.)  I let this cook in the skillet for about 7 minutes.  Then add the milk and heat for another minute or 2. 

Dump generous handfuls of cheese on the cooked pasta and then pour in the sauce.  Mix well and eat!!

  I really enjoyed it.  It was quick, easy and enjoyable.  My husband who HAS to have meat with everything warmed up some leftover brats we had and ate it with it.  I would also consider making it with chicken, or Italian sausage.  I would have liked more of a kick, so maybe red pepper flakes or use diced tomatoes that have a kick.  I just used Italian seasoned diced tomatoes.

What's your favorite easy pasta?

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