Five Ingredients, Five Minutes
The criteria for tonight’s dinner: 1) super fast (10 minutes or less) – kids were ravenous, 2) super tasty – I was hungry too and felt like something civilized, 3) includes something green – self explanatory, 4) ingredients already in the fridge – see criteria #1. And the winner was…
Fresh Pasta with Brussels Sprouts, Bacon, and Parmesan
- 1 package fresh pasta (I had some delicious gemilli pasta from the Santa Cruz Pasta Factory in the fridge – cooks in 3 minutes)
- 20ish brussels sprouts, washed and halved
- 1/2 package pancetta bits (from Trader Joe’s)
- Handful of shaved Parmesan cheese
- Olive oil
Cook the pancetta in a pan for 2-3 minutes, add brussels sprouts and saute until browned but still firm. Meanwhile, cook pasta, drain, and drizzle with olive oil. Toss in brussels sprouts, pancetta, and Parmesan. Light candles, take a minute for gratitude, and gobble it up!
I savored this dish sitting on a mini chair at a mini table with two mini people, serenaded by the sounds of silverware repeatedly crashing to the ground and a spilled glass of milk dripping onto the floor. And it was delicious.
Real food, real life.