so if you’re trying out some of these recipes (and i know some of you are) – here are some things that help me in the kitchen.
i’ll continue to post some helpful things on tuesdays, and if you have any – send them over! firstname.lastname@example.org
after a long day of work and feeling lazy, but don’t want fast food or having to go out to eat, i *gasp* use jarred pasta sauce.
here’s how to fancify it up so that it’s tasty and almost like homemade.
- add meat. brown up some turkey or ground beef with onions and garlic before you throw some sauce in a pan to hearty it up.
- vegetables. i always add in a frozen veggie the last few minutes as the pasta cooks. spinach, broccoli, whatever you’ve got – save a pot to wash and just throw it in with pasta to cook! chop up some fresh ones too, if you’ve got them. mushrooms, bell peppers, anything goes!
- sauces & seasonings. use whatever you buy, and add in some fresh garlic, red pepper flakes, dried oregano, etc. to freshen it up. if you’ve got some red wine around, a splash helps too!
- cheese. i love to throw in goat cheese or mozzarella as it cooks to thicken it up and add richness and depth, add parmesan when finished on top if you wish.