Another new year came in… In some ways, I welcomed it, with most things I treasure. We had great company, some truly good people, I have come to treasure, lots of good food.
To you and yours, wishing you a wonderful, warm
Yeah, the refrigerator is super full with pretty good food. We had people after a while, despite dishwasher troubles, I had managed to put together a pretty good meal, thank you instant pot!
I make a version of Penne
ala vodka, that is usually a big hit with the younger audience. This recipe skips out the vodka. I have been doing that since the longest time, there has not been a huge difference or compliant. I tried this in the instant pot! It certainly is good enough to share.
I was pretty skeptical about creating a pasta dish, sauce and all in one shot, well, skeptical no more! The thing I tweaked a little at take two was cooking it a little less. These pictures are from the first try, but, will up update the next time round.
So, I oscillate on this resolution thing! This year however, it feels like I should make some, it feels more legit if I actually make them and share on this site. General everyday food related, I have been struggling with these for a while.
Food and Meal Planning Related
- Take stock of Food cooked on Sundays to plan meals better! Try a weekly meal planning exercise, really a do not overcook exercise.
- Try to take my own breakfast and lunch to work, again, I struggle with this one. I am so bad at actually organizing my own meals.
- Find a regular exercise routine, that fits my insane schedule and stick to it.
- When it is not so ridiculously cold charge my fitbit and try to do the 15K steps I have committed too!
With Other Life Issues
- Need to break out of the super comfort zone, I have settle into and do what I have been planning.
- Work on my book project, to get this where I need to go with it.
So what are your new year resolutions? Want to share?
A beautiful rendition of pasta in a tomato cream sauce, a non-alcoholic creation of Penne a la vodka.
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional but adds a nice perk)
- 3 cups of diced tomatoes in their juice (I use a 16 oz pack of Pommi tomatoes)
- 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 cups water
- 12 oz penne pasta
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Chopped basil to garnish
- Turn the instant pot to the saute mode.
- Heat the olive oil and add in the chopped garlic and saute until fragrant.
- Add in the red pepper flakes and the diced tomatoes and stir well. Note, the tomatoes should be finely diced, if they are chunky puree lightly with the immersion blender.
- Add in the sugar and the cream and the pasta with the water.
- Add the instant pot cover and set to manual pressure for 1 minutes.
- Let the pasta rest for 10 minutes and set release the steam.
- When you remove the cover the pasta will appear watery, it settles and the pasta absorbs the liquid pretty quickly.
- To serve sprinkle with the parmasan and the chopped basil and serve.
If you wish to add in vodka, you can add about 1/3 cup vodka with the tomato sauce.