When I asked Derek what he wanted me to make for dinner tonight he suggested ‘pasta with a side of pasta.’ The boy loves his pasta!
Now, I am not the biggest fan of pasta, in fact its one of my least favorite dishes out there, but every once in a while the mood strikes me to make a killer pasta dish and lucky for Derek tonight just happened to be one of them.
For me the key to making a great pasta dish is lots of extras thrown in with great flavor. This dish was a great success in my opinion. 🙂
I simply roasted a collection of vegetables that included Eggplant, Brussel Sprouts, Carrots, Apple, and Mushrooms in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. While the veggies were roasting I pan seared some chicken on the stove top with onion, garlic and fresh parsley and boiled some whole wheat rottitini. Once every thing was done I combined it all in a dish with pasta sauce and ricotta cheese, then baked at 375 for 15 minutes.
The results were very tasty if I do say so myself. It always lets me know a dish is a success when both my twin bro and Derek go back for seconds. 🙂
With the pasta bake dish I had a Massaged Kale Salad.
The boys weren’t into the kale so I had Garlic Bread as well.
The garlic bread was very easy. I simple sprayed a hoagie with olive oil and sprinkled with garlic and parmesan cheese. I wrapped the bread in aluminum and put it in the oven as I baked the pasta.
After dinner the three of us met my sister, Kelly, her boyfriend Anthony and his cousin David for some bowling fun.
It’s pretty amazing how expensive bowling is on a Saturday Kelly and I had to call around several different bowling alleys to find one that we considered reasonably priced.
At least the beer was cheap. Our gang split a couple of pitchers of Amberbocks during our games.
I had 3 of the tiny cups which was probably equivalent to a pint.
I bowled one really bad game and then a really good one, but overall had a great time. 🙂
It has been fun having my twin bro in town for the weekend. He leaves Monday for a month’s rotation in the Keys and who knows when we will have a chance to hang out with him again. At least I have my lil sis in town no permanently to keep me company. 🙂
Derek and I just rented Yes, Man and are settling in for the night. Let’s see how long I can stay awake. Good night!