|Yellow squash pasta...preferred 2 to 1 over regular wheat pasta in our house tonight!|
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Sunday Night Spaghetti Dinner...
I decided that tonight would be a Sunday Night Spaghetti Dinner night. I made a big fresh salad to go with the meal. My youngest son came to have dinner with us, and since both he and hubby are not wheat free, I made them a separate pot of regular organic whole wheat pasta to put their sauce on. Interestingly enough, my son said he wanted to have "my pasta" which was simply yellow summer squash that I cut with my julienne vegetable peeler. Since I had already made the regular pasta for them both, and I wasn't sure he would like it since he is pretty picky...I served his bowl with half regular pasta on one side and half squash pasta on the other and topped both with the exact same sauce. Guess what??? He actually preferred MY pasta!!! He ate and enjoyed both of them, but said he actually preferred my yellow squash pasta best. That speaks volumes to me...when he literally had both of them side by side in the same bowl...covered with the exact same sauce...and he actually PREFERRED the squash pasta over the wheat pasta!!! The sauce I made was super simple. I sliced 3 small organic zucchini and sauteed them in olive oil and when they were almost tender, I added in a container of sliced fresh mushrooms and cooked them until they were tender. I removed and transferred them to a bowl while I cooked the chicken for the sauce. I diced a couple of large boneless chicken breasts and used the same pot to saute them in a little olive oil. When the chicken was cooked (it only took about 5 minutes), I dumped a jar of Rao's Arrabiata sauce over it and added the cooked zucchini and mushrooms back to the pot and simmered it uncovered for about 20 minutes or so. While the sauce was simmering, I made my squash pasta and then sauteed it in a skillet with a bit of olive oil for about 2 minutes or so. I served it in bowls topped with shredded Parmigiano Reggiano along with a fresh salad. As I stepped outside to snap a few pictures, the sky opened up and it began raining. Fortunately our umbrella on the patio table was up or I might have had soup instead of pasta! Check out my pictures below. Enjoy!