It has been a lot of days since I did the whole cook-something-delicious-in-the-kitchen thing.
I mean, don’t panic, I fed the children, regularly in fact, but it was like bake-a-frozen-lasagna-from-Costco-and-throw-some-frozen-Texas-toast-I-cut-the-freezer-burn-parts-off-on-the-side type of feeding.
You know, the kind where no one starves but there are no joyful eating sounds and possibly some references to kids starving in Africa and such to spur the process forward.
Basically, we survived, but I know I can do better.
Maybe not consistently, definitely not often, but sometimes for sure.
This weekend I stumbled across this jar of sun dried tomatoes in oil that I’d purchased with high hopes towards the beginning of summer.
I’d planned to create and freeze my own sauce and then like, I don’t know, it got super hot and I got super lazy. The jar basically just became a part of my pantry scenery that I never even noticed.
And then Sunday rolled around and I looked at my sad kids and inspiration struck.
I wanted to make about 24 different recipes I found on Pinterest, but I didn’t have ingredients for many of them. Those I did have were so old they were sealed to the bottom of the pantry floor.
Not to be discouraged, I decided to create my own pasta recipe masterpiece. And by masterpiece I mean edible fare that really is as good as it looks despite being created entirely from a few basic ingredients and a teeny bit of creativity…
Believe me when I say my kids and husband got buck with their excitement.
I tell myself it was because of all of the deliciousness, I’m pretty sure it was really because they were shocked at my effort.
Either way, if you’re looking for an easy, tasty pasta recipe, you should totally try it.
Easy Sun Dried Tomato Pasta Recipe with Chicken Sausage
- Cooked pasta
- Sliced Chicken Sausage
- 1 cup sun dried tomatoes in oil
- 2 T milk plus more for thinning
- salt and pepper to taste
- Cook pasta according to box directions and set aside
- Slice sausage and cook in pan over medium heat
- While sausage is cooking, add tomatoes (be sure to pour in a bit of oil from the jar along with them) to a food processor or blender
- Add 2 T of milk and blend, continue to add milk by the tablespoon until sauce is thin enough to easily scoop from blender (you don't want it to be pourable)
- When sausage is cooked, add sauce to pan and stir; let cook for about 1 minute
- Add pasta to pan and stir until coated with sauce
- Salt and pepper your pasta to your preference
- Serve with a fresh salad and garlic bread if you're fancy
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