Pinterest Challenge – Valentine’s Day Edition
February is a crazy month. My birthday is on the 7th and his is on the 21st (Happy pre-birthday!!!) and smack dab in the middle is Valentine’s day (or Black “fill in the blank day” when I was in college).
Don’t get me wrong – we still celebrate Valentine’s Day but in order to keep our wallets in check, we usually keep it low key. That does not mean, however, that we don’t try and keep it special, so our tradition for years has been making a meal together.
Since the weather has been so, so cold the past couple of days, I thought making the ultimate comfort food (pasta) would be a great way to make dinner together while not losing too much time away from our marathon binge watch of Tyrant (YES – i that we had planned. So, I suggested purchasing fresh pasta from DiFiore Ravioli Shop in Rocky Hill, a good (read: not Wonder Bread texture) loaf of bread, and making our own sauce to go along with it. We had some garlic and broccoli rabe chicken sausage in the fridge and since Mark usually likes some meat with his pasta dish, our meal was set.
It was not until we were in DiFiore Ravioli Shop that my idea for what type of sauce to make came together. We usually get fresh ravioli but when I saw the fresh rigatoni in the refrigerator case, a lightbulb went off.
I had some roasted tomato sauce that I canned last summer (those who train for a marathon lead pretty boring lives) and a quick search of my “Pasta Pizazz” Pinterest board revealed I had pinned a recipe that was perfect for the pasta we purchased.
It also helped that DiFiore Ravioli Ship also carried the goat cheese and we were able to pick up a good loaf of Italian bread to round out the meal.
Pinterest Challenge Recipe – Creamy Pasta with Chicken Sausage
In between one of the episodes I was able to easily cook the chicken sausage in the skillet and boil the salted pasta water. I have not cooked fresh pasta in quite some time so I had forgotten how fast it cooks. Luckily – the sauce just needed to be warmed after the sausage was cooked.
Within 30 minutes we had a piping hot meal, a glass of red wine and we were comfortably back on the couch watching the remaining episodes of Tyrant – seriously a great show, can’t wait for Season #3.
This recipe was super easy (and customizable – I substituted goat cheese and a thick pasta sauce)and even if you did not have fresh pasta – the recipe could easily be made with your favorite boxed variety.