Category Archives: What’s 4 Dinner Solutions
Nothing beats pasta for a quick dinner. Friend of blog, LFern, often does pasta and olive oil, tossed with fresh vegetables when she needs a quick meal. I always keep a pint of frozen Garden Fresh Pasta Sauce for quick dinners. And if you need gluten-free, there many choices now in gluten-free pastas. I usually go for a nice brown rice pasta or whole wheat pasta, for added flavor to any pasta dish.
I thought for tonight’s recipe exchange it would nice to explore a diversity of flavors in quick pasta meals, moving away from the more traditional tomato or cheese sauces.
Pictured above, JeffreyW does a quick and simple pasta, sauce and cheese. I have my version of that, Hot & Sweet Penne here, which spices things up a bit.
Butternut Squash Pasta (recipe here) is one of my favorite hearty dinners that blends the sweetness of butternut squash with spicy Italian sausage.
Slow-cooker Beef and Pasta Soup, (recipe here) is a nice soup to come home to on a rainy spring evening.
Family favorite, Portuguese Beef and Pasta, recipe here, so simple, with just a few ingredients, but tastes amazing.
For a real taste treat, try this week’s complete dinner menu (and shopping list) Pasta Jambalaya recipe here.
What’s on your menu this weekend? Do you have a favorite, quick and easy pasta recipe? Anyone make their own fresh pasta? Hit the comments and share.
For tonight’s featured recipe, I went with a flavorful vegetarian pasta dish. The recipe calls for green and red peppers, but you can use any variation. When they’re on sale, I usually buy one of each color for a really pretty dish.
Linguine w/Garlic & Peppers
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp crushed garlic
- ¼ to ½ tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 green pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
- 1 red pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
- 2 oz fresh basil leaves
- 14 oz can diced tomatoes*
- salt & pepper to taste
- 4 oz fresh Parmesan cheese, grated
- 9 oz pkg. fresh linguine (there are some really good gluten-free pastas out there if needed)
saucepan and skillet
In skillet heat oil, add garlic, red pepper flakes, green & red peppers and sauté for 5 minutes on medium heat. Add fresh basil, tomatoes, salt & pepper let simmer while pasta cooks. Cook pasta according to package directions and drain well. Toss with pepper mixture & cheese.
* you can use fresh tomatoes, about 2 large, but I couldn’t find any decent ones this time of year.
We had a fox looking the backyard over the other night. We see them occasionally but I think coyotes are more common these days. I hope to catch a bobcat one of these nights, Mrs J has seen them nearby but they are very secretive.Mrs J says they have a number of kittens that are ready for adoption, and several puppies have been taken in, as well:This is a ten week old MinPin x hound dog, one of seven in a litter. Four of the tan color like this one, and three black and tans. Mrs J says they are really calm and laid back for puppies, not as squirmy as most.I bought another tablet the other day, a Kindle 7″ HDX. It is the best e-reader I’ve used, that’s pretty much what it was built to do along with viewing videos. It’s a bother that it won’t let me access the Google play store but you can sideload many of the apps. I’ve loaded the Chrome browser, and one called Dolphin that is very good. The included browser, Silk, is pretty good but lacks a way to import bookmarks from other browsers. For almost everything but reading e-books I still prefer my Nexus tablets.Steak! And a baked potato with the store brand French onion dip. We almost never buy straight sour cream. This particular dip has a very mild flavor that subs very well for sour cream almost everywhere.Here’s a blueberry pie that I nagged Mrs J into making for Pi day (3/4/14). We had a little trouble with the over/unders but there was no impact on the taste.Here’s Homer, hiding under the credenza, where he was chased by Toby, up with whom he will not put.
A few kittehs from a new crop at the shelter. Mrs J says there are two new litters that came in. There are seven new kittens in total to go with eight adults that are still there.There are a few dogs that have arrived, some adults and a few pups.Mrs J says this female came in from a puppy mill, she’s an adult and has had several liters of her own. She appears to be a chihuahua mix but that’s just a guess.Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger! Fries!We have no info on this one. Some sort of terrier.Soup’s on! This is a classic pantry soup. Beef and barley with onions and various veggies. I browned the beef in the pot in a little olive oil and poured in a bottle of dark beer to deglaze, then added beef broth and the barley. It cooked a while and then the veggies went in during the last hour. I made a basic recipe loaf of white bread and tossed in a handful of garlic cloves when the machine beeped. There is a subtle taste of garlic throughout and it paired nicely with the soup.And a few more kittehs. These are not related. Mrs J says the larger cat was adopted today. The shelter had an adoption fair today and two dogs went out for home visits.
This recipe seems a little more involved than many we looked at but they did turn out rather well. We made the brown butter frosting with Splenda and subbed a Splenda brown sugar blend for regular brown sugar. The recipe called for cooking the bananas down in the oven first although it seems to me just as easy to do it in a pan atop the stove. We are really liking the brown butter recipes we see for frostings. Browning the butter adds a lot of flavor.