I am always wishing that how great it will be when fixing a meal is easy and time saving. There were days, I will stare at the blank wall to get an idea of what to prepare for dinner as to avoid seeing a frowned face of S later. The no-elaborate-cooking-moods like today are sporadic in our home. Now after a beautiful vacation in Reno, I am still taking time to recuperate the time and energy to get back into the groove. That's when semi homemade foods comes as a savior.
Just few hours after we arrived from Reno, we headed straight to shop groceries/food for the week. And my most favorite place is Costco. I picked most of the things that are ready to eat or that needs some baking or microwaving. Some fresh breads, smoked salmon, ready to eat salads, creamy tomato soups, crackers and dips. The first few days after a vacation are a plateau phase where laundry, cleaning and tidying up tops the priority list and quality cooking time takes a back seat.
Organic creamy tomato soup is super delicious. Even better than the one I buy in Safeway. And two cans for around $7 is an awesome deal. I have tried to reproduce the soup and it came out pretty well. Will share that recipe in another post as I don't have a picture for it.
I served one can as soup and the other one I used it as a base for my pasta. Here is the easy breezy recipe for mouth watering pasta. You can add any veggies or meat or shrimp to create your own version.
2 cups creamy tomato basil soup - from Costco or any store of your choice
3/4 packet - whole wheat spaghetti
1/4 cup peas
Salt and pepper
Water to cook paste
Parmigiano cheese for garnish
Bring water to a rolling boil and cook the spaghetti as per manufacturer's instruction. Drain and set aside.
In a large saucepan, bring the soup to a boil. Add the peas or shrimp or meat and let it cook till they are done. Toss in the cooked pasta and mix well. Serve with cheese shavings. Enjoy!