On Casual & Impromptu Pasta Dishes

I was going to say that over the last year I have become the master of the quick meal, but as I consider this I realize that’s not true at all. In my former life (a.k.a. pre-pandemic) I went out for some combination of drinks/dinner/snacks most nights, and as a result, I never kept food in the house for fear that it would spoil. I picked things up on the fly and cobbled together a quick meal (usually an omelet) on the odd night that I found myself at home. I’ve been working from home for the better part of a year and I have made a few small full meals but still love the impromptu dinner prepared with just a handful of ingredients and minimal cooking time.

Today’s delight was a quick pasta sauce over pappardelle (note: I have decided that I don’t love pappardelle because of the broadness and thickness of the noodle), which really worked for me today because it gave me the luxurious feeling of inducing in lasagna on a cold day. It was also super quick! From pulling the ingredients out of the fridge, to plating and picturing it before digging in, it took me all of 30 minutes.

The ingredients I used were: pappardelle, sea salt, fresh ground pepper, basil, olive oil, butter, ground beef, garlic, and onion. What are your nine ingredients, and what did you make with them?


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