Wednesday, August 13, 2008

One Pot Pasta Lunch

With the temperature only getting up to 79 yesterday, I got bold and decided to use the stove to cook lunch for the kids. The boldness didn't extend to using any more than one eye on the stove so I cooked everything in the same pot together, hence the One Pot Pasta Lunch.

Depending on how many kids you have to feed you should have some left over. I have five and we have plenty of leftover pasta and broccoli that we can put with a different kind of meat today.

Another great thing about this dish is you can completely change up the ingredients for a totally different meal the next time you decide to make this.

One Pot Pasta Lunch

Chicken stock, packaged broth, or bouillon cubes
1 lb. pkg. farfalle pasta (or any pasta)
1 pkg. turkey sausage link (or hot dogs)
2 cups frozen broccoli (or any frozen veggie)
½ can cream of mushroom soup
Salt and pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese

Prepare pasta in the stock/broth according to package directions. When it's almost done, drop in the meat and frozen veggies. Be careful to not overcook. (I usually remove my pasta and/or veggies off the stove right before they get done since they continue to cook.)

When the pasta is done, drain everything, return to the pan and remove the meat. Stir the pasta and vegetables with the soup, salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle with extra Parmesan cheese and serve with the meat.

If you are out of stock and/or soup or your kids prefer plainer/drier food, you can eliminate either or both.

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