Since we have 800 pounds of pumpkin (or at least it feels like that much), I had to make something with pumpkin for lunch. And this was really yummy! Pumpkin is super nutritious and can work well in savory and sweet dishes, but you never see it in savory dishes! (at least I’ve never seen it) Pumpkin can do so much more than just become pie, and this pasta is the tip of the iceberg!
I can’t stand wasting food, so I thought it would be a good idea for this blog if I used certain recipes and made totally new dishes with it. That way, you know what all you could make if you made the recipe yourself and had tons of leftovers. Instead of force feeding your family the same meal two nights in a row, just give the leftovers a makeover. Chris said the salad could have used more fat, so if you agree, just add your favorite salad dressing. I personally have like 5 bottles of random unused salad dressings in my fridge at any time, so this recipe is also good for getting rid of that last bit of balsamic dressing you have in the back of your fridge.
So this definitely isn’t a lazy recipe like I usually make, but it is super simple and very yummy. I put these noodles in Chris’s homemade chicken broth and it was amazing. Let’s just say if I was sick today, I’m not anymore.
Translated from Italian, this dish is “whore’s pasta.” Different sources say different things, but my favorite reason behind the name is that since all of the ingredients can come from the pantry or the back of your fridge, it’s a dish for lazy whores. So it’s good enough for me! Traditionally it has some anchovies, but I don’t have any, so vegan it is! You can replace the fresh tomato and tomato paste for half a can of diced tomatoes. You can also leave the red pepper flakes if you don’t like spicey food, or double the amount if are like me!
Hamburder Helper is one of those American convenience items I missed, but once I learned how to make a similar dish on my own, I realized just how much of a rip off it is! All Hamburger helper gives you is pasta and a seasoning packet filled with fake cheese, cornstarch, and enough salt to kill several snails. Basically it is glorified ramen noodles at quadruple the price. Don’t be a sucker, make it yourself!