Ah, summer break. The mental health break that teachers get from June through August.
It’s finally starting to feel like summer break in northern Michigan, as opposed to spring break. Our last day of school we had a high of 50* and rain. Today, it was sunny and 68*. I’ll take it! 🙂
This recipe was on last week’s menu, but wasn’t actually made until today. I’ve had all the ingredients on hand for that period of time, but it just happened to get overlooked. Today, after a busy afternoon in the garden, I wanted to eat something quick and filling. I had a taste for pasta, but wasn’t in the mood to make lasagna (originally on this week’s list). A perfect dish for someone who is
too lazy looking to make something quick, tasty, and filling. Not to mention, I only used one pot!
Baby Pasta Shells with Asparagus and Marinara – adapted from Gina’s Skinny Recipes (aka ‘Skinnytaste’)
- 1 box small pasta shells
- 1 bunch asparagus, tough ends removed, chopped into small pieces.
- 1 can Hunt’s spaghetti sauce – the Garlic & Herb variety was on hand
- 1/4 cup Pecorino Romano cheese
- salt & pepper, to taste
- Boil about 4-5 inches of water in a large pot. When it is boiling, add pasta.
- About 5 minutes into the boil, add asparagus. Boil two additional minutes, then drain, saving a bit of liquid in the bottom of the pot.
- Add sauce, cheese, and salt & pepper. Mix well until all is combined. EAT!
You may notice from the above photo that my asparagus is icy. A few weeks ago, Mike purchased
5 10 pounds of fresh asparagus from a friend of a friend/coworker. I blanched most of it (the rest we ate!) and froze it in 1-lb batches. Now, I can pull fresh asparagus out of the next freezer for the next, oh, 7-8 dishes that we will use asparagus for. It especially comes in handy once it is out of season, and the price goes up. So thus, icy asparagus, which I cut using a pair of kitchen scissors. Nothing says spring/summer like FRESH asparagus.
Last, I topped my dish with a blend of mozzerella and provolone cheese, which I found at the grocery store. Yum.
I made twice the amount of the original recipe, since my husband takes plenty for lunch/dinner at work. And trust me, this dish makes a lot of leftovers.
Quick, easy, filling, and relatively healthy 🙂 Enjoy!