Thursday, February 6, 2014

Luxury Pot Sized Pasta is YOUR Kitchen Helper/ Short Cut for BUSY Nights!

*** Blogger ERASED the updated post I spent 2 hours working on this am, for some UNKNOWN reason, so I apologize for the earlier unedited posting, here is the CORRECT post! ****


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What is red, white and green, and fits in your large sauce pot WITHOUT being broken in half?

luxury pot sized pasta


If you guessed the new Luxury POT sized pasta, you're correct!

No more  pieces of broken pasta on the stove top, from breaking your LONG pasta in half, so it fits in the pot better and cooks faster! Luxury has taken all the hard work out of the process for you! 

luxury pot sized and regular pasta comparison

And it's the same amount- 1 pound of pasta.

luxury pot sized pasta 2

Now all you have to do is open the box and pour! No need for the large soup pot with this pasta! It's easy peasy!

Easy peasy is the aim with busy Spring schedules with the kids already upon us!

I've got a great Short Cut Pasta that I'm going to share with you, that can go from pantry to table in 20 minutes, is super filling, the kids will love, and you might just have enough leftovers for the next night's dinner too! You gotta love that, right?

Here's how we get it done!

First, while prepping for Sunday might's dinner, we take the left overs and chop them into strips and dice them, and then store them in plastic bags, and freeze them. Then when we're cooking during the week and just need a few to spice up the dish, it's easy to grab them out. And vice versa, if we're so busy we're eating on the run, I don't have to worry about expensive produce going bad in the fridge!


frozen vegetables

So here is where our Short Cut Pasta starts- we take a handful of red pepper strips and diced red onions, and a handful of re-hydrated Porcini mushrooms (more on them in a minute), and sautee them in a pan with a touch of grape seed oil, while your pasta is still draining..


frozen veggies sautee collage

Yumm, can you SMELL the flavor? 
Trust me, everyone will be heading toward the kitchen when they smell this sautee!

Now back to the mushrooms for a minute! 
I LOVE Porcini mushrooms for a very simple reason: they take up less room in your pantry than canned or bottle mushrooms, and you get WAY more flavor from them! How? 
Because when you re-hydrate them, you not only have your mushrooms, you have the mushroom water that can be used to flavor more dishes, later during the week! Yup- more bang for your buck!

Here's how you do it:
You take a bit of your boiling pasta water and place in a cup, and then add the amount of Porcini mushrooms you need for your dish. After about 10 minutes, you have re-hydrated mushrooms that can be added to the sautee pan, and then you have this lovely caramel colored mushroom water.
Get out your mini muffin pan (you can use a large muffin pan, if you re-hydrated a lot of mushrooms), and pour this lovely water into the cups. Now freeze the pan. 

rehydrated mushrrom flavor graphic

When the water is frozen, you pop the tabs all out and place them in a plastic bag/container and store them in the freeser. Now when you go to make rice, pasta or potatoes, add 1/2 of these mushroom tabs to the pot you have the water in, and you will be AMAZED and the flavor of your dishes! No need to add mushrooms that the kids go "yuck' too and try to pick out! The FLAVOR will be there, but they won't be able to see it!
Sneaky, but way effective at building up their taste palates!

Now back to our Short Cut Pasta Dish.

Time to add your secret ingredient!



Yup- jar alfredo sauce. Do not be afraid of it, it will taste just like homemade- that's why we sauteed the veggies silly!

Put your pasta and veggies in your pot, add the jar sauce and stir. Can you smell the loveliness?
  
luxury pot sized short cut pasta

All you have to do for tonight's dinner, is serve it as a side to your rotisserie chicken!

Assuming you have left overs of both. You chop up your remaining chicken and add it to your pot of pasta. Put it in the fridge. Now tomorrow night, pull it back out. Add  about 1/4 cup milk, 3-4 tablespoons of sour cream and about 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese. Heat it all up, stirring while doing so, and now you have CREAMY short cut pasta, that the kids will cheer about! Serve it with your remaining bread from night one, and add a salad and you're done again in less than 20 minutes. You have to love that!

Something else you will love is the fact that this pot-sized pasta from Luxury comes in 4 types- spaghetti (as above), thin spaghetti, linguini and angel hair! 

AND

This new pot-sized pasta comes in a BOX. That means it can STACK in your pantry! 
No more having to take it out of the bag and put in a container, or put the bags in a container, so they don't accidently get ripped!

luxury storage for pasta

Did you know that you can store Luxury pasta for 2 years in your pasta, of it is stored correctly (dry and cool)? I didn't, but that is great to know, isn't it?

Luxury Pasta has been around for 100 years, and with new innovations like this pot-sized pasta, they'll be around for 100 more!

And speaking of 100- Luxury Pasta wants to help you learn more kitchen short cuts!
They have a new Facebook Show us Your Shortcut contest going on- they asked their favorite bloggers to share their favorite short-cuts on the Luxury Facebook Page. Each time you go check them out and vote on one of them to win the Short Cut contest, YOU get entered to win a $100 American Express gift card! And because the contest is going on until March 19th, you have 6 weeks of giveaways to enter! You have to love that!

The winning blogger of the favorite shortcut wins a $500 American Express gift card !

We'd ALL love to win that!

So be great reader and head on over to the Luzury facebook Page and vote for us and our 
entry!

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