Last night was another one of those:
"Mama, what we havin' for supper?" (said by TRex)
"Dunno yet, whatcha cookin' for me?" (I replied)
I was simply enjoying playing with my kids too much to realize I needed to cook some supper.
So off to the pantry & freezer I went, to dig around and find some inspiration. Then I remembered the tortellini I had picked up at Aldi's last week. Throw that together with the fresh zucchini's I had also gotten, and half a jar of spaghetti sauce leftover... and BAM! We had supper. And a good supper.
You know how sometimes when you whip up a recipe with whatever you've got that cooks quick... and it turns out wonky, but you all eat it anyways because supper was 30 min later than usual, and you're all starving? LOL... nope, never ever happens here :)
Well, this was NOT one of those suppers, I am proud to say I whipped it out super quick, and it was as gourmet as my cooking gets!
OMG it was sooo good. I have a weakness for zucchinis, and they were beyond delish.
2 ~8oz packages of tortellinis
1 medium zucchini, sliced into half moons
1 cup spaghetti sauce of your choice
1 tsp minced garlic
Italian herb grinder (mine is from Aldi's called Pizza and Pasta Grinder)
Fill a large pot with enough water to cook your amount of pasta. Turn burner on high.
While waiting for water to boil, get zucchini going. Add just enough olive oil to coat bottom of non-stick skillet (I used my medium sized one). Set burner on medium, and dump in the garlic.
Wash zucchini well. Slice into rounds, then cut into half moons. Stir around the garlic in the pan to distribute it well, then add in the zucchinis. Cook until mostly tender. Don't bother flipping every single one over, they'll get good and done when added into the pasta later. I like to get some golden spots on the zucchinis, and just barely brown up the garlic. That's when I know it's done for my taste.
Once your pasta water is boiling, add the tortellinis. Cook per the package. Mine suggested 8 minutes. Drain pasta, add back into pot. Add cooked zucchinis. Dump in spaghetti sauce (your family might like it saucier than I do, add as much or little as you see fit). Add a couple cranks of the Italian herb & spice mix, depending on how your family likes it. Stir up to mix. Give it a minute on a warm burner if your spag sauce was refrigerated.
Serve hot with a side of fruit, maybe some garlic toast, and a glass of cold milk.