It's 5:45 pm.
I haven't given a single thought to putting dinner on the table.
Here's dinner in a pinch and it's gonna work out nicely.
And don't break the pasta!
Lidia wouldn't approve.
I'm sure you're all having a hard time following so far.
Then, of course, we need some sauce. I'm going to boost this up a bit. Our base will just be a simple marinara.
I had some mushrooms leftover from last night's calzone.
I chopped them up and threw them in.
I added a can of Italian-style stewed tomatoes,
coarsely chopped, just for some texture and a little extra flavor.
Uh oh, here's another one of those blasted purees. A broccoli one at that. Stop wrinkling your nose. I forgot to pull it out of the freezer, so here it is thawing in some hot water.
simmer it for however long it takes me to fix the rest of this pinchy meal.
Remember the dutch oven bread? Now's a great time to use it. Slice up a few pieces.
Sprinkle on some garlic powder. If I had more time,
I'd have cooked up a little chopped garlic in butter
and spread that on the bread.
But the tribe is getting restless, and frankly,
I'm a little scared of impending anarchy.
So garlic powder it is.
They call this cheese "lively" blend. I love that. It's lively.
I'm going to say that from now on when I want to describe something.
I put the bread on a cookie sheet, then throw it under the broiler for a bit.
A little color on the plate.
These Green Giant vegetable packs are dinner's best kept secret.
They come in all kinds of varieties and, surprisingly,
they don't have a lot of extra muck added.
Just a touch of butter and salt and they are magically tasty! You can microwave them in the steamer bag that is included. Perfect. Four minutes to dinner.