Those of you who know me or who also are culinary challenged will get a little chuckle at my posting anything cooking related. But hey, remember AK Atelier is all about blurred lines, which means even I can cross over from the dark side of the kitchen to the light where all you talented chefs hangout. My family was out of town, so on a whim I decided that I would try to create a meal out of what was currently in my pantry and fridge. If it was bad, I wouldn’t have to feed it to anyone else, and my fragile little chef-ego would remain intact. Well, guess what? It actually turned out to be quite tasty.
I know, it’s a damn miracle.
Anyway, I am sharing my novice Italian-inspired recipe here in the event there are others out there looking for a little self esteem boost when they walk into what is definitely the most fear inspiring room in my house….the kitchen.
First I poured a glass of red wine….for me, not for the recipe. Needed a little liquid courage in this endeavor. Next I sliced the garlic cloves in very thin slices. Then I sliced the onion and chopped the tomatoes. I wiped off the basil with a damp paper towel and used scissors to cut it in pieces. I filled the pasta pot with water so it would be ready to go. Then I dumped some olive oil in my other pan and heated it on about medium, added the garlic and onion and stirred it around a little while sipping on my wine. When the onions were getting soft, I added the chopped tomatoes and stirred them around a little. It was starting to smell good, so I put the pasta on to boil. Sip sip, stir stir. I remembered the red pepper flakes which were probably supposed to go in earlier, so I added them and then the basil. Added a touch more of olive oil and played around with it a bit until the linguini was ready. Next I drained the linguini, tasted my sautéed concoction and was pretty pleased with myself. Sip, sip. I added a little salt and pepper and more red pepper flakes and decided I had better quit while I was ahead. Pulled out a plate and put the linguini on it, topped it with my vegetable mixture, added some shredded parmesan, and my masterpiece was complete. Lastly (and most importantly I might add) I topped off my wine, poured a glass of water and sat down to my meal. This last minute supper is now a keeper in my fledgling recipe box and should be in yours too!
Give this one a try, post your results and tag @anna.kemper.atelier! Or please comment below with any easy recipes you may have for the culinary challenged! XO…Anna