Are you pressed for time? Or are you like me, and still sheltering-in-place due to local regulations? Either way, you might be trying to put meals together with what you have sitting in your pantry, versus fresh food you just picked up from the market this morning. If you are looking for something you can make from your pantry, which happens to be fast and easy, this is the pasta recipe for you!
This is super easy, and requires absolutely zero cooking skills. Love that! Here is what you need to make this delicious pasta dish:
Ingredients for my fast and easy Pasta Alfredo with bacon:
1 lb spinach pasta.
1 jar of Alfredo Sauce (that’s right, a jar! Super easy right? I prefer Rao’s Alfredo)
Bacon bits (you can keep a Costco size package in your refrigerator for months-great pantry staple!)
1/3 of a bag of frozen peas (everyone has this in their freezer right?)
OK, I am sure you can tell from the ingredients, this is super easy. No chopping involved! First, you want to cook the pasta and the frozen peas. Once they are done cooking, drain and return them to the pot. Easy!
Then, you will add the Alfredo Sauce from the jar, and warm it up while mixing it in with the pasta and peas.
Once cooked, place your desired serving size on a plate, and then sprinkle the bacon bits on top. So easy!
Lastly, let everyone put the Parmesan cheese on top of their own serving to taste.
Bon Appetit! You may eat!
Wasn’t that the easiest recipe you have seen on the Internet? It’s really simple, and uses pantry staples most of us have on hand. Plus, it feels fancy, not sure why-but it does! My kids and my husband really enjoy this dish. I hope you love it too!
Things you might need to cook my fast and easy Pasta Alfredo with bacon:
Raise your hand if you love pasta. I see your hand way up there! I love pasta too!
OK, a family favorite recipe of ours is pasta with bolognese sauce. Normally I would make it with fresh tomatoes, but as you can see in these photos, I made it with tomato paste. The reason I made it with tomato paste is because during the lock-down we are trying to limit our trips outside of the house to the grocery store. We eat our fresh vegetables rights away, and then we rely on cans and frozen vegetables until our next trip to the store. The wonderful thing about Pasta with bolognese sauce is that you can freeze the ground beef when you buy it, and save it for a later date while substituting fresh tomatoes for tomato paste. This makes a meal which is delicious, and a treat, for days when supplies start to run low. This is a versatile dish!
We are a family of five who loves to eat pasta, so at some point I doubled the recipe to make loads of pasta. My kids always want leftovers of my pasta with bolognese sauce, so this recipe will serve a hungry family of five for both dinner, and lunch the next day. You may even get lucky with a few servings of leftovers after that. it warms up well in the microwave as a leftover, so indulge!
The ingredients are listed with both fresh and pantry options depending on what you have stored during the lock-down. Also, after the lock-down lifts, the pantry items are great in case you are missing a fresh ingredient, or were so busy you didn’t make it to the store. I am always switching it up depending on my schedule!
Pasta with bolognese sauce ingredients:
2 boxes of Barilla Mezzi Rigatoni pasta, equivalent to 2 lbs. of pasta. (This is our favorite shape for bolognese, but you can use your favorite if you have one)
1.5 pounds ground beef
1 can of tomato paste or six fresh tomatoes chopped.
1/4 cup chopped onions or 1 tablespoon dried chopped onions from the spice rack
Shredded Parmesan cheese for use when serving
Now onto directions! Without further ado, here are the simple steps to making a yummy meal of pasta with bolognese sauce! Oh, and just in case you were wondering about my pasta credentials, I have 100% Italian heritage as my ancestors came to the United States from Genoa and Udine starting in the 1800’s. So I had plenty of pasta cooking education, and I have eaten my share of pasta throughout my life.
How to cook pasta with bolognese sauce
Fry the ground beef until it is well done
In a mixing bowl, mix together beef, tomatoes, chicken broth, basil, garlic, onions, oregano, paprika, and olive oil
*So, I am not very good at indoor photography. My apologies for the poor quality photo, the food does look better in real life and it is quite delicious! This is a plate full of my own lemon shrimp with angel hair pasta recipe. I’m excited to share it with you!
Now that summer is fast approaching, I like to switch up my cooking so that I can offer my family lighter fare. There is something perfect about citrus based dishes on warm days. A month ago, my cousin gifted me a bag full of beautiful lemons from her backyard tree. With so many lemons on hand, I decided to get creative! My family loves pasta, and my middle child is a huge shrimp fan, so I decided to try and combine the two. Thankfully it worked, and the spontaneous recipe turned out to be quite yummy. I can’t wait to share it with you!
Summer Recipes: Lemon Shrimp Pasta Sauce
(Makes 9 Servings)
2 Fresh Lemons
1 Pound Pasta (I prefer Barilla Angel Hair Pasta)
1 pound rock shrimp (or any shrimp you prefer)
Half stick of unsalted butter
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, crushed or diced
Season to taste: oregano, basil
Top with Parmesan
Step 1: Cook shrimp in frying pan. I use olive oil to grease the pan. Cook thoroughly.
Step 2: While shrimp is cooking, cut the lemons in half and juice them using a citrus juicer.
Step 3: Melt butter in sauce pan.
Step 4: Combine lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, oregano, basil and cooked shrimp in sauce pan with melted butter. Stir to combine ingredients, and simmer over low heat while pasta is cooking.
Step 5: Cook pasta.
Step 6: Drain pasta.
Step 7: Place pasta on dish and top with lemon shrimp sauce.
Step 8: Top with 1-2 teaspoons of Parmesan.
Step 9: Serve and enjoy!
That’s it! This is a really easy pasta dish which is perfect for warm, summer days. It’s a light pasta sauce which is delicious and fresh. Enjoy!
Tools you might need to cook my lemon shrimp pasta sauce: