In the future, I'll be posting actual photos of the food I've cooked, but as I have yet to locate the usb cord for my digital camera, this adorable cartoon (courtesy of FruityCuties.com) will have to suffice. A total sucker for too cute for words anthropomorphic foods, I cannot stop gushing over this website. Eep!
Ahh, yes. On to the foods. I love to cook. Creating delicious meals in the kitchen fills me with a sense of pride I am hard pressed to find elsewhere. When I'm in the kitchen, only one thing overpowers that pride. Hunger. Tonight was one of those nights. While I wanted something delicious, I wanted it to be near effortless. After examining the contents of my pantry and cupboards and combining what I found with past knowledge, this is what I came up with:
Pasta with EasyPeasy Lemon Cream Sauce
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 c chicken broth
4 oz. cream cheese
1 1/2 lbs pasta (any type. I used radiatore, mostly cause they're just so darn cute)
juice of 1-2 lemons (use your best judgement/taste buds here) + a bit o' zest
1/4 c Parmesan cheese
salt & pepper to taste
Cook pasta according to instructions on the box. I feel I should clarify here that when I say 1 1/2 lbs, what I really mean is almost a full 16oz box. Just pour til you feel guilty.
Heat olive oil in medium saute pan. Saute garlic until it just begins to brown. Add chicken broth and bring to boil. Add cream cheese and whisk until fully melted, add lemon juice and zest. Simmer a few minutes, until it just begins to thicken. Stir in pasta and Parmesan cheese and simmer a few minutes more until you're pleased with the consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste (I went heavy on the pepper and recommend you do as well).
Serve it up to your buttercup. And yourself. Top with more Parmesan cheese and lemon zest, if you're feeling fancy.
I cannot believe how delicious this was, considering I literally made it up on the spot and it took a total of 20 minutes (eat that Rachel Ray). The lemon really lightened up the dish and gave it a fresh and exciting flavor. Next time, if I'm not so hungry, I think grilled chicken and peas will be the perfect accompaniment to this dish.