February 16, 2011

Fast, Easy, Fancy–ShopRite Kitchen Pasta To The Rescue!

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Valentine’s Day might be the day of love, but sometimes life gets in the way of that. My holiday started at the bright and early hour of 5AM, when my alarm went off so I could go to the gym. It’s hard leaving my warm bed when it’s still dark, but some days that’s the only time I can fit in a workout. Except on this day, my husband woke complaining of chills and a headache. Apparently, he’d caught the bug both kids had over the weekend.

While he rested, I took both kids to school, participated in two Valentine class parties, made breakfast, lunch and dinner, did laundry, supervised homework, took out the trash and returned a pile of library books. Both kids came home from school bouncing of the walls from all the sugar.

Luckily, thanks to ShopRite, I was able to cook a nice dinner anyway, even with my crazy day.

The kind folks at ShopRite sent me a 25 dollar gift card and challenged me to cook a dinner for under 25 dollars. That part was really easy, since the store has such great prices. I also took advantage of ShopRite’s fresh pasta in the deli department, which was not only attractively priced, but also had a dollar off coupon on the package!

I paired the mini cheese ravioli (a kid fave) with the grown up sauce below, and served it with homemade garlic bread (using fresh Italian bread from the bakery) and caprese salad, using fresh mozzarella from the dairy department. Since the pasta cooks in about 5 minutes, dinner prep was a breeze. Even better, it tasted delicious and both kids devoured it. There were also plenty of leftovers for my husband to try, as he was too sick to eat dinner. Best of all, my sanity was preserved on a crazy busy holiday. Try out any fresh pasta variety from ShopRite and give my sauce recipe below a whirl!

Shallot-Garlic Pasta Sauce
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp olive oil
½-1 shallot, finely chopped
2 Tbsp tomato paste
¾ cup milk
2 Tbsp flour
1 can ShopRite peas, drained
1 package ShopRite kitchens fresh pasta (I used the mini ravioli)
Grated Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta as directed on package and reserve 1 cup cooking water.

Heat shallot and garlic in oil until shallots are soft. Add tomato paste and stir to combine, add cooking water and reduce by half. In a bowl, mix flour and milk until combined, then add to the tomato mixture. Cook over medium heat until thickened. Pour sauce over drained pasta and add peas. Heat until warmed through. Top with cheese if desired.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: As a POTLUCKTM blogger, I received a $25 ShopRite Gift Card from ShopRite for free.