Yeah, okay, so what you see right here is the reason that I occasionally succumb to the call of the carbs; the snare of the semolina; the pernicious pull of the PASTA…
I love the stuff.
But then who doesn’t?
Pasta is just so stinkin’ easy, and when you’re busy (who isn’t) and hungry (who isn’t) and quite possibly lazy (wait, maybe that’s just me over here) there is nothing that pasta can’t do for you. Throw it into a big pot of boiling water and ten minutes later (give or take) you are DONE. Douse it in something yummy (oh man, this ragu sauce will put you on a stretcher it’s so amazing…if you want to take all day to make it 😬) and you are good to go.
Nothing particularly newsworthy there.
So then what’s this?
I have only ONE recipe on this site that actually includes any form of pasta in its list of ingredients.
Can you believe that? Just One. Okay two, if you count this.
Now I have plenty of recipes that you could use with pasta, or sub in some pasta….but for the most part, my claim to a steadfast breakup with all things noodley and comforting has remained pretty consistent. I love you pasta, with all of my heart, and although it was tough to walk away you were making me fat around the middle and frankly sorta unhappy about it.
Okay then I admit it, we still sneak around occasionally (usually out at dark restaurants), and then there are those times that I just can’t avoid you in public (dinner parties, or somebody nice cooks for you, how can you say no?) but for a pasta prima donna such as myself….I think I did really well for a really long time, you know, shunning your starchy advances.
But this one? This one is such a keeper, I couldn’t keep my guard up another minute.
I thought about calling this: Amazingly Simple and Delicious, Garlic Infused, Basil Tainted, Healthy, Fresh, Whip This Together And Feel Good About What You’re Eating over Zucchini Noodles Topped with Goat Cheese. Sauce.
That didn’t exactly fit on the line.
But this will definitely fit into your schedule.
As most anyone who knows me knows, I broke up with pasta a while ago. It was ugly. There were accusations; probably some tears. And although it has been an overall positive decision (semolina flour, you know you’re just no good for me) I have to admit that even after all this time…we still get together in that sneaky, culpable way.
And man, is it ever good when it happens. So easy and familiar, just like old times.
Is that so terrible?
Oh good grief, talk about a BIG FAT steaming pot of luscious lycopene LOVE. This undeniably delicious, slow cooked masterpiece of a “sauce” has gently bubbled its way into every muscle fiber of my marinara lovin’ heart. This is NOT your average tomato sauce. Oh no no no no no.
I may be going out on a limb here but I think it’s safe to say that you are a fan of lasagna (because really, who isn’t?). Tomato saucy, stretchy-cheesy creamy goodness, you can count on pleasing the masses when you whip out a bubbling pan of this classic comfort casserole.
Which makes it so perfect for feeding lots of people.
But what if your particular peeps are of the persnickety persuasion?
Maybe there’s a gluten issue in the crowd?
Oh yeah, then there are the vegetarians to consider.
Die hard carnivores are people too, you know.
I am here to tell you that you can make everybody happy, including yourself, with this beauty…
If you are like me and every other person out there who eats then I suspect you already know that it wouldn’t be a bad thing to cut down on the amount of processed carbs we all love to consume. I am the first to admit that I can be as naughty as anyone (Pasta! I love you!) so when I can come up with something that not only replaces an otherwise un-healthy ingredient with a super good-for-you swap out, and it tastes even better than the original……well, all I can say is winner winner, spaghetti squash dinner. Everybody says that, right? That’s what I thought. Spaghetti squash is natures’ answer to the Spiralizer. Cook this pale yellow oblong gourd and you end up with beautiful strands of string-like (not stringy) flesh, that you rake out of the shell with a fork. Viola! Spaghetti! There are several ways you can cook a spaghetti squash. You can boil it, microwave it, or cook it…