Dinner can be really easy if you make it easy. Usually that starts with having a full kitchen with good ingredients, but as you’ve seen before I have done a string of posts on “pantry shopping” as well.
Yesterday was HECTIC for me. I almost hit a dog in my car and then tracked down the stray, convinced it to trust me, and brought it home. Currently I am searching for the owner and putting up signs tonight. I digress, but look at this sweet heart that someone lost….
After bathing him, feeding him, and taking him to the vet, I was exhausted. I imagine after long days most of you are like this which is why I wanted to do a simple post on how to cook and eat gourmet with little effort. This past can be served hot or cold, which proves perfect for leftovers the next day in kids’ lunches or to work.
8 ounces dry pasta, cooked
1 cup pre-sliced white mushrooms
1/2 cup sliced white onion
1/4 cup pre roasted garlic (I bought already roasted garlic at Whole Foods for next to nothing)
1/4 Julienned sundried tomatoes
1 Andouille sausage, sliced thin
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1 cup spinach
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste
1 cup Parmesan or 1 cup halved Mozzarella balls (optional)
The set up is simple. Boil your water and get the pasta going. In the meantime, add about 2tbs of Olive oil to a saucepan. Add the mushrooms, onions, and sliced sausage. Next add the sundried tomatoes and roasted garlic to the pan. Make sure to include some of the sundried tomato oil to the pan.
While the mixture is marinating and caramelizing, cut the cherry tomatoes in half and chop the basil. If you are adding Mozzarella balls, make sure to chop those into halves as well.
Once the pasta is done boiling, drain it. Add the spinach immediately so it has a chance to wilt down. Next, add the saucepan mixture, tomatoes, basil, and cheese if you are using it. Salt and Pepper to taste and toss the pasta. Add olive oil to your desired liking. This can be served hot or cold. It is also perfect to make ahead of time for parties and picnics!
If any of you are looking for a puppy, contact me! Here is another adorable photo of him sleeping in my laundry :)