Thursday, April 16, 2009

Semi-homemade pasta for the time crunched...

Some weeknights just don't lend themselves to serious cooking, yup this entire week has really been like that for me...some semi-homemade dinner on Monday (same tonight), sandwiches and leftovers in between...truth be told tomorrows shaping up for a semi-homemade dinner so why not make this a trifecta of easy semi-homemade dinners....tonight, Buitoni Wild Mushroom Agnolotti with homemade sauce. Ok for those of you who frequent the Food Network I feel that I should go ahead and acknowledge the reference of semi-homemade, it's a Sandra Brown reference, she's not my favorite (yea I'm sure someone just got upset with me for saying that) but since I'm throwing her phrase around here I need to give her credit!

Two Steps to my semi-homemade pasta dinner...

Step one - buy some pasta :)

*Funny side note here, literally the day after I posted this recipe a substantial sized box appeared on my front porch from Foodbuzz (oh, how I love Foodbuzz), inside my box....dry ice and Buitoni Wild Mushroom Agnolotti! Foodbuzz and Buitoni have either started reading my mind or just have very fortuitous timing...needless to say you might see another sauce for these delicious little pastas soon!

Step two - pasta sauce!

2 28oz cans diced tomatoes
1 medium chopped onion
2 cloves minced garlic
1 tsp fresh oregano
2 bay leaves
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp fresh thyme
1 6oz can tomato paste
1 1/2 cup parmesan
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
3 strips chopped raw bacon

1. Cook bacon in a large pot at medium-high.
2. When bacon is nearly cooked, saute onion, garlic and for five minutes (or until tender), season with salt and pepper to taste.
2. Add tomatoes, oregano, thyme, basil and bay leaves to pot. Bring to a boil, season with additional salt and pepper if desired.
3. Reduce heat and simmer, stir in tomato paste. Allow sauce to reduce, approximately 30-45 minutes.
4. Serve topped with fresh chopped basil.


Dee said...

yummy, those look quite tasty! I think the time crunched dinner looks great!

Snooky doodle said...

delicious pasta :)

Donna-FFW said...

This looks like the PERFECT time crunched meal..

doggybloggy said...

quick, tasty, trouble free - who could ask for more?

Anonymous said...

The pasta sauce sounds delicious! I'm definitely in need of ideas for quick meals right now as I am completely overwhelmed with catching up with things coming back from my vacation.

Reeni♥ said...

This looks like a great comfort meal-your sauce is awesome!

Chef E said...

That is just freakin YUM, I might have to splurge and get some of those...then do the stairs for half an hour :)

Tangled Noodle said...

This looks so very, very delicious! When's dinner . . . ?

Hornsfan said...

Mom - thanks!
Snooky Doodle - thanks, I have to say, those pre-done pastas are quite tasty!
Donna - it definitely made my weeknight meal easier :)
Doggybloggy - no kidding!
5 Star - I know what you mean, you almost need a vacation from your vacation :)
Reeni - Thanks
Chef E - Splurge :) Sorry, I'm a well known bad influence
Tangled Noodle - 7PM CST