There are some things I need to make sure I have in my kitchen at all times:
Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
To name a few.
You see, my husband has a few favorite dishes I make, and when he requests them, I need to be ready.
Because there's almost nothing better than getting to fulfill someone's hunger desires.
"What's that, darling? You're craving tiramisu cheesecake with a chocolate ganache? No problem!"
"Chicken lasagna Alfredo? Done!"
"Penne with spicy vodka tomato cream sauce? I thought you might like that."
You see, doing things like this not only brings me joy, but has other marital benefits (not what you think). What I mean is, maybe he might feel more generous than normal and approve a reasonable purchase like this one.
It's worth a shot.
Here's another thing that's worth a shot:
Penne. With Spicy Vodka Tomato Cream Sauce.
Long name. Sounds complicated. You've already tuned me out.
But hold on! Let me just inform you (in case you didn't already know) that I am the Queen of Lazy Cooking. Yes, Queen. Didn't know I was royalty, did you?
I mean, this time of year I'm not too bad. It's summer... I'm not teaching all day... I have a little more time on my hands. I have time to find new, exciting recipes to try and to go to the store to shop for ingredients of that recipe.
You will not find me doing that during the school year. No, that's when I'm all about efficiency. Cooking is almost an inconvenience. No, scratch that. Cooking IS an inconvenience. When I have no time to spare.
Know what I'm talking about?
Which is why you need to meet this recipe.
Ohhhhh SNAP! Now you're interested.
Pasta topped with a rich, creamy tomato sauce. It's smooth and velvety, with a bite! It's not subtle. It kinda smacks you in the face. In a good way. It's like a flavor explosion in your mouth. Like the 4th of July (today) from first bite!
Then there's the sausage. It adds to the sauce making this meal a little more hearty, but not in the sleepy, food-coma-after-a-big-meaty-meal way. No, the sausage is not the main attraction. It plays a very important supporting role.
This dish tastes so complex that everyone who partakes of it will think you slaved for hours.
(But really it was more like 25 minutes... shhh... don't tell!)
Are you ready for this??
Penne with Spicy Vodka Tomato Cream Sauce
Prep Time: 10 min. Cook Time: 15 min.
My Tip: Make sure you have a splatter screen over your skillet/pan while simmering. Otherwise your stove, your husband, your kitty, and yourself will look like victims in a crime scene.
My Second Tip: If you're one who doesn't normally "do" spicy, you can still "do" this dish. Just tone down the amount of red pepper flakes to about 1 tsp. And don't buy spicy schnausage.
Well, if this doesn't give you a foodbaby, I just don't know what will.