With all the comings and goings at the end of summer, I’m always on the lookout for ‘the thing’… The thing that helps to create a dinner that’s both delicious and quick to assemble.
Here it is!
Stozzapreti with Sweet Peas and Parmesan tastes all the better wrapped in Homestyle Ragú Thick & Hearty Traditional Pasta Sauce.
Alongside Nick’s delicious request for meals ‘he had to have’ before heading back to start his senior year of college (WHATTTTT????!!!!), there are some days where the idea of making a fabulous homey meal and getting it to the table quickly is the top priority.
Because some days are just meant for other things…
Like mall dates and school shopping and our annual meal of authentic Mexican food. Things like moving furniture, hanging posters and buying stock in Swiffer Dusters and Pine-Sol. Our boy lives in a house off campus with four of his good buddies. It’s a house on “the hill” on a street peppered with college students. An older home which I can imagine in its heyday was absolutely stunning. And now it’s um, stunning in new ways… posters, all the very. large. posters… athletic equipment…sneakers…and, oh, other items college kids tend to keep on hand…like….computers and books. What’d you think I was going to say? (wink)
We spent the better part of last week getting Nick set up for his final year. And although we’ve been moving kids in and out of college dorms and apartments for the last eight years, you’d think we’d be used to it. You’d think that the unfortunate truth – time is fleeting – might actually help ease the sting of their moves, knowing that we’ll see them soon, or in Nick’s case, that he is just a 20 minute drive from home and that Sunday dinners together are a real possibility……but it still hurts.
That little lump in my throat, the one that shows up this time of year every year for the past eight, and I, have become really good friends. She’s like, “I’m baaaack!”. And I’m like, “Coffee’s on…get comfortable…I know you’ll be sticking around for a few days.”.
So, where was I? Ahhh – yes – sauce.
I mean, what’s more comforting than a beautifully designed pasta smothered in a rich and hearty tomato sauce that is dotted with baby sweet peas and sprinkled with Parmesan?
This is a meal that’s great when you’re in a hurry, or, when you’re not in a hurry but could use a little comfort. I highly recommend this and all the amazing recipes you can make using Ragú’s wonderful new line of sauces.
- 1 lb. strozzapreti pasta
- 1 jar Ragú Homestyle Sauce
- 2 cans sweet peas, drained
- ⅓ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the pasta according to package directions, until al dente.
- In the meantime, warm the sauce in a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Drain the pasta and return to the warm pot it cooked in.
- Add the sauce and peas and gently toss with the pasta.
- Serve at once with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan.