Yesterday was a “use it up” kind of day. You know, when you have leftovers in the refrigerator, and maybe a little of something left on the shelf. I don’t eat pasta often, but I had this amount left over from a while back and decided to use it up.
I do have vegetable based pastas on the shelf, and will be trying them – maybe soon. I’ll let you know how that goes.
The pasta cooked perfectly in the skillet, and the liquid did make a little gravy of sorts. The finished dish tasted good, and that is my main criteria for a meal.
This morning, while typing this up for you, I am listening to pop music from the ’80’s through Alexa. She probably doesn’t know what to think of me, as I have her playing metal, classic and hard rock, easy listening music, oldies, and even the oldies, depending on my mood.
Onto the recipe. I don’t know how much pasta I used, honestly. For lack of a better name, I’m just calling this dish:
Easy Pasta Meal in a Skillet
1 tbsp ghee
about 1 tsp chopped garlic, mine came pre-chopped and in oil. Use what you have on hand.
1/8 pound ground beef
1/2 can peas, a little liquid was left with it and I used that as well, but you don’t have to.
egg noodles, or you could use another type of pasta
2 pinches dried parsley
2 pinches dried thyme
sea salt to taste
- Heat the skillet on medium heat.
- Add 1 tablespoon of ghee and heat.
- Add 1 teaspoon of chopped garlic and cook for a minute, stirring.
- Place the ground beef in the skillet and cook while breaking it into small bits. Cook until browned.
- Slowly add about 1/3 cup of water, the peas (in liquid if there is any), and the pasta.
- Cook all of this, stirring every minutes or two, checking the consistency of the pasta as it cooks.
- Add a little more water when necessary in order to keep the pasta cooking, but do not cover completely in water. I did this a few times, you may need to less or more. In the end, my liquid was sort of a thin gravy consistency that just covered the food. There was not a lot of it. You need a little liquid for the pasta to cook.
- When pasta almost done to your liking, add the seasonings and give it a good stir.
That’s it. It was an easy meal, and was pretty tasty!
- Use whatever vegetables you have on hand. Harder veggies might require more cook time. If this is the case, add it as soon as the meat is cooked and wait to add the pasta.
- Macaroni, spaghetti, or other pastas could also be used.
- Try different seasonings if you’d like.
- Try different types of meat. Leftover roast or sausage, or whatever you have on hand.
- Look for pasta on sale, and use a coupon when possible. Check your favorite pasta company’s website to see if they offer coupons, check the weekend papers, or try a coupon swap. This is a great way to save money.
- This dish would go great with a nice side salad for extra nutrition.
Stay healthy and safe, my friends.