|Found this in the pantry....|
The rainy, cold weather kept us from venturing out to either the grocery store or a restaurant for dinner one evening so I decided to make something from ingredients I found in my fridge and cabinets. Sounds easy, peasy, right? You betcha….
I looked around and found a box of quinoa macaroni, some canned tomatoes, a couple cloves of fresh garlic, milk, and artichoke hearts (yes, actually, I do always have jars of artichoke hearts on hand. I buy them at Sam’s and they add an extra-special touch to anything from dips to pizzas to, of course, pasta dishes).You know what sounded good to me that night? Pasta with creamy vodka sauce. Unfortunately I didn’t have any jars of pasta sauce on hand so I did what most home cooks these days do: I searched the Internet for recipe ideas. And I found this yummy, easy-to-follow recipe from The Pioneer Woman. Except of course I had to improvise a bit because, as I mentioned before, I could only use the ingredients I had on hand. And it was absolutely delicious. We’re talking no-leftovers-amazing here, people. Instead of canned tomato puree, I tossed a can of diced tomatoes into the Magic Bullet and pureed away. Also, no heavy cream in the fridge so, yes, I used whole milk (but, please, don’t tell The Pioneer Woman. I don’t want her to ban me from her site for future
|For point of reference, on the left is a Magic Bullet cup. |
On the right is the stowaway vodka bottle....
Try it for yourself one night - and then let me know how you liked it!