Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Stone Pasta


Stone Pasta


Remember the story of Stone Soup?  Where some hungry travelers come to town and convince the villagers to 'add' to their stone cooking in the pot?  Well, this dish is kinda like that.  The hungry travelers were myself and the DIY Guy and our stone was a bag of pasta.  I haven't gone full fledged grocery shopping yet since we came back from vacation so when I came home from work today, I had no idea what I was going to come up with.  I always have pasta in the house (it's a staple for us Italians!), a bottle of 3 buck chuck (Merlot) from Trader Joe's for cooking purposes, a can of diced tomatoes and, of course, basic spices.

After some further looking, I found 2 sausage links in the freezer, some leftover feta cheese from our grilled pizzas, a jar of Bertolli Four Cheese Rosa sauce and fresh from our garden some basil.  Now we are talking!  While the pasta was cooking, I fried up the sliced sausage in some olive oil, then added 1/3 cup of wine with 1/2 tsp crushed red peppers, 1/2 tsp oregano and 1/2 tsp dried basil.  Once the wine reduced by about half, I added the drained diced tomatoes and 1 cup of the Rosa sauce and heated through. 

When the pasta was done, I tossed it in the skillet with the sauce.  Completing our Stone Pasta was a topping of feta cheese and the fresh basil.   Well, for not having a plan this turned out really well and the DIY Guy liked it very much!  We have a small bowl leftover and if I don't get to the grocery store, then he can have it tonight too.... I'll have to have cereal!

What have you come up with in a pinch?  I would love to know.

P.S.  Happy Birthday to my daughter Kristina today!

11 comments:

  1. I love that book Deb! Love that your made "stone" pasta! Thats what I love about pasta, you can toss it with anything! This stone pasta turned out pretty fantastic!

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  2. Deb, I LOVE this and the whole "stone" pasta concept! It's pretty amazing what we can create with some pasta and sauce...yours looks very delicious! Pinning! Hope you have a wonderful July 4th holiday!

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  3. Great recipe, Deb! Haha, I was looking for some sort of stone cooking pot because I thought by stone, you meant a pot! Silly me! Pinned and sharing on FB!

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  4. This looks great, Deb! I love when improvised dishes turn out to be something great. This one definitely sounds worth repeating!

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  5. I have to improvise all the time :) I am always running out of something or having to replace something to be gluten free. Your pasta looks great!

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  6. I seriously need to go to trader's joe! This is an amazing dish!

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  7. Thanks for joining us at Marvelous Mondays. buffering. ~ Paula

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  8. Wow! That looks great! Love it when a dish of randomness comes together. I totally didn't know what "stone soup" was... but now I do. :) Definitely gonna try this.. pinning now!

    Krista @ joyfulhealthyeats

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  9. This looks great! I grew up with the story of Stone Soup, so your title caught my eye! Hehe

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  10. This dish look awesome! I am totally inspired to create something similar now, and I LOVE the 3 buck chuck from Trader Joe's, too! It's a staple around here :) Found you via Marvelous Monday's link party.

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  11. Thanks for sharing this at Wonderful Food Wednesdays – this looks so yummy!
    What a great dish, and I love the reference to stone soup - we were just reading this with our kids this weekend :)
    I shared this on my Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=675128895835929&set=a.503479346334219.128219.473100216038799&type=1
    - Ang
    www.jugglingactmama.com

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