REINVENTION QUEEN TRANSFORMS THE MUSHROOM LEMON HERB ANGEL HAIR PASTA INTO MEATBALL MUSHROOM SPAGHETTI:
REINVENTING THE SAUCE INTO FRESH SPAGHETTI SAUCE:
- Removing the lemon herb mushroom sauce that was leftover and placing it into a bowl with 2 jars of good quality Spaghetti sauce, 1 small can of tomato paste, 2 small cans of v-8 juice, with 1 jar of filtered water and mix well.
- In a large pot, add 1 pkg of frozen or thawed meatballs.
- Add the combined sauces to the meatballs and stir.
- Add some seasonings like oregano, basil, dry Italian seasoning, garlic herb seasoning, minced onions, and whatever you like in homemade spaghetti sauce.
- Top with fresh herbs for enhanced freshness (this is the difference by adding that fresh pop—also you can cube fresh garden tomatoes toward the end of the cooking with enough time for them to cook but maintain a fresh taste.
- Take a look at the photos above and you will see the amount of herbs which can be adjusted to individual tastes.
- I will top the angel hair pasta with a wet paper towel in the microwave for 60 seconds and it freshens up nicely.
This is the way I do it. I don’t want to spend my Saturday cooking from scratch for dinner. Add a salad and bread if you desire for a meal that usually takes a long prep time. Enjoy and please comment if you like the reinvention idea.
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My husband is a carnivore and loves his meats at a meal. Some time ago, I began doing some lighter pasta dishes and he hasn’t missed his meat for the meat. I don’t add any bread and serve the pasta with fresh grown herbs and we have enjoyed this lunch as a very tasty dish.
You see the title Reinvention Queen and may wonder what this dish has to do with that subject but already, my mind is working on what I can do with the leftovers to provide a fresh meal with new flavors. Keep this in mind as you will see how i got that title soon.
This meal was easy but it tastes as if I stayed in the kitchen for hours and in reality, I was only in the kitchen about 15 minutes. Now, for full transparency, I had onions cut up, I had the herbs minced, lemons out for zesting and juicing. Once I started composing the dish, it was easy to complete in the amount of time the angel hair pasta required cooking.
Here is the recipe I came up with today. I wish I could tell you I go by certain amounts and/or ingredients but I am a cook/chef that makes it up as I go. A lot is determined by what I find in my pantry. It is as follows:
Reinvention Queen Mushroom Lemon Herb Angel Hair Pasta Recipe
Angel Hair Pasta (1/2 pkg) cooked and drained
Fresh Herbs (variety of your preference chopped) 1/8 – ¼ cup
2 Lemons (zested with lemon zest saved) squeezed into bowl
½ onion chopped or thinly sliced
1 pkg fresh mushrooms (can use preferred type)
1 stick butter (softened)
1 8 oz cream cheese (softened)
¼ cup sour cream
3 to 4 garlic cloves (or use equivalent amount of minced garlic)
1T minced ginger
Charlie’s Choice Seasoning 1tsp.
Lane’s BBQ Garlic Herb Seasoning ½ tsp.
Onion Salt Sprinkle of ½ tsp.
Red wine vinegar 1 T.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2 T.
Splash Low Sodium Soy Sauce (optional)
Sea Salt & Fresh Ground Black Peppercorns (Use preferred amount)
Watch Video for step by step instructions using the ingredients listed.
- My tips shared on the video:
- I use my grater to zest lemons and/or oranges
- I clip my fresh herbs and allow them to semi dry on a paper plate. Once they are not moist, I mince them and place in a zip loc bag. I use one bag and make a combo of several herbs. I will separate others that I allow them to completely dry.
- If I am in a hurry and if I need softened cream cheese or butter, I place in a paper bowl and place in microwave for thirty (30) seconds. Instant softening.
- I keep fresh garlic and it is the best way to cook but if I am in a hurry, I keep a jar of minced garlic and I keep minced ginger in a jar too.
- This is not my idea or tip but one I saw that works when cooking pasta on high temperature is to lay a wooden spoon on top of the pot to prevent boil overs.
I am sure I have more tips and will introduce you to them. Use what you want, discard those you would never do. It’s your kitchen, do what you will when you are in your own kitchen. Limit yourself to your particular taste buds and eating style.
Happy Meals to You Until We Cook Again…..Reinvention Queen, Arline Miller
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