Friday, April 4, 2014
Life is good. It's been an extremely good week, mainly because I've put extra effort to simplify my own personal schedule. We still had our usual two nights of dance lessons for the girls but other than that we were able to enjoy more time at home, even watch a couple movies this week we rented from the library.
I'm finding myself trying to simplify all areas of my life lately and it's really just for the better. I need to remember to take these breaks from the daily busyness and slow down. Heaven forbid it's okay if I say "no" once in awhile.
Okay, enough with the serious talk. Let's dive into this new dish; a delicious, uncomplicated meal for the family. Lasagna is good, really good in fact. But let's be straight, it's not something we always have time for during the week. So why not create the flavors in a simple pasta skillet dish?
That's exactly what I did this week. I didn't time myself but I'm pretty confident it was done within thirty minutes. Using many ingredients I'm sure we all have in our pantry and fridges, this was by far one of the simplest meals we've had in a long time. We added some salad greens alongside and fresh strawberries. The kids ate really well, everyone had full bellies and mom was happy. Not much else you can ask for, right?
1/2 lb. mild pork sausage
1/2 lb. ground beef
1 garlic clove, minced
28 oz. diced tomatoes
1 tbsp dry basil or Italian seasoning
salt and pepper, to taste
8 oz. wide egg noodles, cooked al dente
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
In a large skillet, brown sausage and ground beef until no longer pink. Drain off any grease and return meat back to skillet. Add in minced garlic clove and let cook for one minute. Pour in diced tomatoes, sprinkle in basil and season well with salt and pepper. Mix together well. Add in cooked pasta and stir all ingredients together. Sprinkle in Parmesan cheese and stir to combine. Add mozzarella cheese on top and let cook just until melted. Serve immediately.