Elbow Spaghetti {cooking from jars}

Elbow Spaghetti

Elbow Spaghetti

I used a jar of Ragu® spaghetti sauce to make dinner for the grandkids awhile back. It went against my standards but they like it. I was surprised to find I liked it too!  When I was at the grocery store recently I texted my daughter in law for the brand of the sauce. I’d forgotten already! I wanted to have a jar for a quick  dinner when needed.  Having a jar of sauce on hand we actually like will be golden. Continue reading

Advertisements

Creamy Spinach Pasta with Ham or Shrimp

Creamy Spinach Pasta with Ham or Shrimp

Creamy Spinach Pasta with Ham or Shrimp

I was yearning for something creamy and rich for dinner.  I wanted pasta with a creamy sauce full of spinach and shrimp. I would use my go-to recipe for a creamy sauce and add spinach at the end. I would simply  separate the sauce between two skillets, add pasta and ham to one and pasta and shrimp to the other.  A good handful of Parmesan for each, with more for garnish, and my craving would be appeased. Continue reading

Lemon Pasta with Ham and Olives

Lemon Pasta with Ham and Black Olives

Lemon Pasta with Ham and Black Olives

The first time I made spaghetti with a lemon sauce we were thrilled with the flavors.  I used leftover chicken, some black olives and shaved Parmesan.  It was a blending of delightful flavors that we decided we wanted to add to our pasta rotation.  Four years later, shame on us!  We haven’t had it once!  I did however have plenty of ham and wanted to simply substitute it for the chicken.  We’d have a lemony, ham pasta dish. Continue reading