Matt blogging here while Kath does the dishes! Usually don’t have a problem cleaning up the kitchen after dinner, but tonight I felt like if I cleaned just one pot my soul would be sucked out.
We made a medium-delicious but muy-satisfying pasta dish tonight. Here’s the breakdown:
- 2 small eggplants, chopped into chunks
- 1 pint whole mushrooms, cut into wedges
- ~20 small shrimp (frozen/thawed)
- 1.5C jarred pasta sauce (some Bertolli kind I think)
- 3oz WW angel hair pasta
- salt, pepper, oregano, basil, red pepper flakes to taste
- Parmesan for garnish
Start by cooking the eggplant and mushrooms on medium-high heat with a solid drizzle of oil. I used canola, and it really made the veggies have a buttery texture and flavor. Sprinkle your seasonings on while cooking. The heat should be a little higher than you normally cook veggies because both of these have lots of water and you’ll wanna get that out. In the meantime, start boiling your water for the pasta.
Since we love our shrimp to be crispy, we cooked them in a separate pan over medium-high heat, with a very thin layer of oil. They only took about a minute per side.
Once everything’s done, combine it all into one pot, add your sauce and warm through. If using any fresh herbs, now is when you should add them. Serve and sprinkle with parmesan!
If the sauce we used had been better, this would get an A+. Even still, it was so satisfying that it was a very enjoyable meal.
As Kath says, “from above:”
I’m back!! Doing the dishes was fun. I actually really like cleaning the kitchen at night – it makes me feel super organized when I walk in and it’s spotless and there’s nothing on the counters. But I hate cleaning the kitchen if I have to blog afterwards and study and go to bed. So thanks for the extra help tonight husband!
As he reported, we both really enjoyed the Shrimp-Veggie Spaghetti. I loved the Bertolli sauces we got in the pouch from BlogHer, but this kind was jarred and wasn’t that great. I think it was even Cabernet inspired? But otherwise, a fantastic dish. The eggplant really absorbed some of the canola oil flavor and for me, that made the dish.
This afternoon I came home to find a loaf of Great Harvest Dakota bread ready to be gobbled down! Everyday the husband works he gets to chose a loaf and a “sweet” (cookie, bar, muffin) to bring home. This could be dangerous!!
The Dakota bread is A.mazing. Nutty, really, really soft and slightly sweet.
But before I dug in, the two of us went for a walk in the neighborhood to return our Office DVD from this weekend. While on our walk the sun went into hiding, and I think it’s supposed to stay there for the next 5 days 😥
After working up an appetite, I had some Dakota bread with Sabra hummus that we picked up at Harris Teeter on the walk. We definitely can only afford this stuff from Costco! The HT size was almost the same price as the GIANT tub I got last week! I only had half a piece because it was 5:30 and you guys know how I ruin my dinner appetite.
Not sure what the evening plans are. I was planning to get in bed at 8:30 tonight to get LOTS of sleep, but then I remembered the debate…. we shall see.
OH and edited to add the husband just brought me a peanut buttery slathered bite of banana chocolate chip bread he thawed from our frozen loaf of a few weeks ago! Mmmmm!