My passion for cooking is widely known by my friends. Even throughout the years when it was just the three of us, I loved to cook as many nights a week as I was able. Now don’t get me wrong, I love to go out for sushi, but most nights I just want to enjoy the quiet cooking process with some music and a glass of wine. Over the years I have become quite proficient in cooking for three people.
Things are different now since 50% of the time I am cooking for six people instead of three. I was never good at portions to begin with and now I am just wayyyyy off. I am, however, learning certain recipes that will feed us all with little left over.
I have a recipe book I keep on my computer that I keep updated with all of my favorite recipes (yes, please refer to yesterday’s blog about my need for structure) and I am constantly adding new recipes to it if they are a wild success with my husband and my kids.
Last night I tried the “Tomato Basil Pasta” that has been circulating Facebook and Pinterest. It is a one pot pasta that is supposed to be ready in less than 30 minutes. Recipe below:
I am known for my inability to follow even the simplest recipe. I tweak and twist and change until the recipe is my own – so much so that when I give people recipes they complain that it doesn’t taste the same because I change everything so much as I am cooking.
For this recipe, I only changed a little. I used 2 tsp of the minced jarred garlic instead of fresh garlic and I sauteed the onion before I put it in the pot. I like onions to be cooked really well, so I rarely put raw onion in anything.
Joe sauteed some shrimp as well to put on top of the pasta which was a highly recommended upgrade to this pasta.
The kids complained about it being a little too spicy, so I may use 1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes next time to appease them, but other than that I think this is a great recipe and will easily feed our party of six. We served it with a little fresh pineapple on the side (which was perfect to convince the kids it wasn’t too terribly spicy) and a LOT of freshly grated parmesan cheese on top.
If you have any “go-to” recipes that you want to share, please do! I am always looking for new recipes. I am going to try to post a new recipe every Thursday as part of my “Tasty Thursday” blog. I will work on taking better pictures for the next one…. Enjoy!!!