While many people across the country are enjoying outdoor BBQs today, I’m melting butter, sautéing garlic and onions, in preparation for our indoor Memorial Day comfort food dinner. My hair is frizzy after being caught in a rainstorm while out gathering ingredients. I’m shivering in a sweater and fuzzy socks. The furnace is blowing warm air. My dogs are content to curl up and sleep. Does this resonate with you right now? No? Then you don’t live in the great northwest!
I hope your Monday is bright!
If you’re looking for some carbolisciousness this week, make this comforting pasta dish. You won’t be sorry.
Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta
Chop 4 cloves of garlic until they’re diced. Chop 1 whole sweet onion into small pieces. Sauté in 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter over medium-high heat for a couple minutes. Add 30 ounces of your favorite tomato sauce to the mix, sprinkle with a few shakes of salt and pepper. Simmer over low heat for about 30 minutes. While the sauce is simmering, boil 1 lb of fettuccine, or your favorite pasta, and drain. Remove the sauce from the heat and stir in 1 cup half and half, some grated parmesan cheese and chopped basil leaves. Serve warm sprinkled with additional parmesan, a green salad, and a loaf of crunchy artisan bread, and you’ve got a quick and easy weekday meal for 4-6.