pantry-buster pasta

by Stacy

As you may recall, we’re moving soon. In addition to packing, we are also trying to get rid of a lot of stuff. Most of it is stuff that ended up in the closet and we forgot about it. Some of it is food.

Since we confirmed the move, I have been trying to only buy fresh ingredients – nothing dried, in bulk, or in large quantities. It’s pantry-busting time! I’ve been doing ok for the most part, but we’re starting to run low on some things.

One reason that I haven’t been posting much is that my meals have been a bit weird. I’ve been on a pretty solid rotation of pasta or rice covered in veggies (what Alicia might call hippie chow). Seriously, lunch today was a rice bowl covered with a saute of 1/3 block sliced tempeh, 3 chopped-up leaves of kale, garlic, and half an onion. It’s what we have! Tonight had the same theme, except that everything is prettier with a macro lens:

ring pasta with edamame

There was a bag of ring-shaped pasta floating around the cupboard, so that got boiled up. About 3 minutes before the pasta was done, I added in part of a bag of frozen edamame to boil with the noodles (fewer dirty pans!). In a small saute pan, I melted some butter and tossed in a clove of minced garlic to cook a bit. I also added a 1/2 teaspoon of dried basil because I was too lazy to get fresh herbs from the patio.

In my defense, I had just spent two hours on the phone with tech support trying to get our internet back up and running. Sigh. I was hungry!

I drained the pasta/beans, then put them in a pasta bowl. The butter mixture was topped off with a dollop of olive oil, then drizzled over the noodles. Salt, pepper, and grated Parmesan cheese topped off the dish.

While not earth-shattering, it was tasty and filling. Most important, it helped empty out my cupboards! Tomorrow I have to make bread so my husband can have grilled cheese sandwiches and Campbell’s tomato soup this week. He stocked up on soup that I don’t like, and now it’s biting him in the bum.

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