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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Fridge Pasta and Presto Pasta Night

This is my entry for Presto Pasta Night, hosted by Ben over at What’s Cooking. Ruth at Once Upon a Feast is the brains behind Presto Pasta – a great blogging event, and one that I should enter more often.

Ok – tonight’s pasta dish is another “creation” of mine. I am really making an effort to not throw food away because I didn’t get a chance to use something for a certain recipe. You all know how it is; you buy something because you want to make that one recipe. But, life happens and you end up going out to dinner, eating something else, or just not eating at all – well, the last one would never happen in my house.

Looking in my fridge, I saw a half a steak, spinach and feta chicken sausage, spinach, asparagus, and feta cheese. I pulled all that out, and decided to make a “Fridge Pasta.”

It turned out really well. The crunchiness of the asparagus blended well with the other textures in the pasta. The sausage and steak gave the meal that finishing touh my husband always looks for - meat. He was worried at first when he saw all the veggies, but came around quickly to really like the dish. I also liked feta cheese with my pasta. It added another layer of flavor to the dish that stood out a little - not overpowering though.

Fridge Pasta

2 tbsp Olive oil
1 bunch Asparagus
4 cloves Garlic
Salt and pepper
4 tbsp butter
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
4 links Spinach and feta chicken sausage
Leftover steak
1 ½ cups white wine
1 lb pasta your choice
4-5 oz Feta cheese

Sauté asparagus in olive oil for 4 minutes. While asparagus is cooking cook pasta according to directions. Add garlic and sauté until garlic is soft. Add butter and Italian seasoning along with sausage and steak. Warm through, add wine and reduce by one third. Add pasta and cheese to sauce. Stir to combine.

That’s it. My pasta is just a fridge creation. I make them all the time. Look in your fridge and find your own fridge pasta – it’s easy and fun!! I’ll be back again with more recipes. Talk to you soon!!


Ben said...

That was a great way to use leftovers! I try to not throw anything away, ever. My mom would kill me if she knew I threw food away, LOL.

Thanks for participating this week in PPN :)

Michelle said...

This looks and sounds wonderful. I've not made a leftover pasta before, just never thought about it. I usually make spring rolls but will most definitely go with pasta next time!

The Food Hunter said...

Great idea. Looks good!

Ruth said...

There is nothing like a last minute creation and pasta is perfect for that. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.

Now I'm off to hunt for feta chicken sausage...sounds fantastic.

Katie's blog said...

Thanks for your comments! I have bought the feta spinach sausage at Whole Foods before. It is great in a meal or by itself.