Thursday, March 17, 2016

20 Minute Miracle Pasta

You have to work late and when you get home you have like zero time to make dinner before you need to be at a neighborhood association meeting what do you do for dinner!?

You get creative and you make this. No one said you cannot make a semi-healthy and tasty meal in 20 minutes. I felt like Rachel Ray making a 30 minute meal but better because I managed to use up leftover's too.

What you need~
1 pound of meat (I had 1 pound of left over vension taco meat)
2 cups of tortellinis
1 can of pasta sauce
1 tablespoon of garlic paste
Some frozen basil (or fresh if you have it)

 Here is the left over taco meat that was chilling in the fridge from tacos the other night. It added a nice heat to the sauce.
Please notice my addiction to Trader Joe's.
The seasonings you need. Garlic, onion powder, oregano, fennel, thyme, Mrs. Dash and salt. 

Once again notice the Trader Joe's addiction.

1. Preheat you oven to 400 degrees. Cut up broccoli, lightly coat in olive oil and season. Throw in the oven on a cookie sheet.

2. While your oven is preheating put about 5 quarts of water in a stock pot and bring to a boil. Add torellini when it is boiling. The pasta will take about 15-18 minutes.

3. While your noodles/broccoli is cooking get a sauce pan on the stove set to medium heat. Add a little olive oil to the pan. Add your tablespoon of garlic paste. Let this heat up until you can really smell the garlic. Add your frozen basil or whatever you have to the pan. Slowly add in the meat mixture.

 4. Once the meat is added to the pan let that heat up for about 5 minutes and then add in the pasta sauce.
5. Season with you spices. Let this simmer down and taste your pasta.

I promise that you can do this in under 20 minutes I did it and honestly it turned out great. We had plenty of time to eat and go to our meeting after cleaning up a bit.


It was really really good.
I hope when you are strapped for time you get creative and make something instead of giving into the temptation of fast food. You can do it!

Until next time~
XoXo Emily

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