Kitchen Sink Pasta

Tuesday 26 February 2013

 Kitchen Sink Pasta

The cat was away in town today so this mouse thought she would take advantage of his absence and make herself some Pasta that she doesn't get to indulge in very often.  

(I am not really a mouse actually and if I was I am a mouse that roars, so no worries on that front!)

 Kitchen Sink Pasta

I took a boo in the refrigerator and decided to make myself a dish that used up some of the bits and bobs that I had hanging in there . . . some spinach, a few TBS of sun-dried tomato pesto.

I also used a handful of button mushrooms, some leftover seasoned tinned chopped tomatoes and a rather tired looking banana shallot in the vegetable drawer.

 Kitchen Sink Pasta

This is the type of cooking that I really like to do most of all . . . being inventive with what I have on hand.   

When I first moved over here to the UK there used to be a show on every afternoon at about 4 pm called Ready Steady Cook.

 Kitchen Sink Pasta

There would be two guests and two celebrity chef's,  a moderator/presenter and a studio audience.  

Each of the guests would give their chef a bag filled with a few ingredients and the chef would then have to live up to the challenge of creating as many tasty dishes as they could with these ingredients in 20 minutes of cooking time.

 Kitchen Sink Pasta

Oh how I loved that show.  I was always so amazed at what the chef's came up with and in such a short time.  

Truth be told, they probably had somewhat of an inkling ahead of time what was going to be in the bag . . . but it made for interesting viewing at any rate!

 Kitchen Sink Pasta

Anyways, that is what I like to do here at home.  Take what I have and then try to create something tasty out of it.   

I also like it to look good.  Sometimes I am successful, and sometimes I am not.

 Kitchen Sink Pasta

Today I think I was.   I loved all of the colours and flavours of this dish.   It was simple and yet it tasted divine . . . and I got to indulge in a a tasty rare treat of pasta.  

I called it Kitchen Sink Pasta because it has a bit of everything in it . . . all but the kitchen sink!

 Kitchen Sink Pasta

*Kitchen Sink Pasta*
Serves 2
Printable Recipe

One of those quick and easy meals for when you are short on ingredients, except for little dabs of this and little dabs of that.  Quick, simple and delicious.

130g (6 ounces) dry pasta (1 1/3 cup)
1 TBS olive oil
1 banana shallot, peeled and chopped
1 small clove garlic, chopped
1 handful of fresh button mushrooms, sliced
1 TBS sun dried tomato pesto
370g of chopped tomatoes with oregano and basil (a generous cup ful)
1 TBS Balsamic Vinegar
fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
a couple handfuls of baby spinach leaves
Finely grated Parmesan Cheese to serve

Kitchen Sink Pasta

Bring a pot of lightly salted water to the boil.  Add your pasta and cook as per package directions.  (Today I used a cup shaped pasta that would hold the sauce well.)  Drain well. Rinse with hot water.  Drain again and keep warm

Heat the olive oil over medium high heat.  Add the shallot and cook, stirring until golden brown.  Add the mushrooms and garlic,  Cook until the mushrooms begin to brown, stirring occasionally.  Stir in the pesto, tinned tomatoes and vinegar.  

Bring to the boil and cook rapidly until the sauce reduces substantially.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Stir in the spinach leaves allowing them to just wilt.  Add the cooked pasta and toss together.   Divide amongst two serving bowls, topping each with a grating of cheese. 

Kitchen Sink Pasta 

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  1. sounds very yummy and looks pretty as well, I can just see the smile you would have eating this, like the cat that drank the cream!

  2. Delish!!
    I loved Ready Steady Cook too.



  3. We get to see a show here..CHOPPED.. same idea..they get secret ings.. have to make the appy..main and dessert w/ 3 different baskets of secret ings(Sometimes..most of the time weird..ones) single chef stands at the end and wins.

  4. Yum! I like the name of this one : )

  5. Very nice pictures! Looks very comforting food.

  6. What a beautiful pasta dish. I love the name... and your photography!

  7. Absolutely perfect!
    Mary x

  8. I love these sorts of pasta dishes, this looks delicious.

  9. I loved watching ready steady cook watched it every day for years

    1. It was always a real favorite! I loved Ainsley and all of the celebrity chefs. They made it all look so easy! xo


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