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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Lạp Xưởng Pasta

after a long hard day at work, a simple dinner is all i can muster before crashing down on my favorite chair and settle in for an episode of NCIS. most nights, that's pretty much me. it makes me wonder how working parents do it with kids, work outs, homework, walking the dog, laundry and putting a balanced meal on the table in a timely manner. i don't have 4 of those duties and i still feel like i'm falling behind!

i try to be organized with my dinner menu, planning things ahead of time, even prepping the foods the night or weekend before. what i don't take into account tho is my mood. sometimes i just don't feel like having fish, or chicken or rice. last week i bought pumpkin to make monk soup but when it came time to put it together, i just was not in the mood for it. i wanted pasta. i also wanted chinese sausage. what a combo. and such a combo made me think of a pasta dish i made for taste & create last summer. it was simple and delicious. i used the same components as that dish. plus, nuria tried lạp xưởng for the first time.

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Lạp Xưởng Pasta
i made it up

4 lạp xưởng links, roughly chopped
2 cups elbow macaroni, cooked al dente
1 small onion, diced
1 glove of garlic, diced
2 cups pumpkin, diced
leftover spinach stuff from DB challenge

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i cooked the lạp xưởng first and then drained them. i sauteed the onions and garlic in the lạp xưởng oil leftover in the pan, until soft and fragrant. next, i threw in the diced pumpkin. i lowered the heat till medium and stirred the pan until pumpkin was nice and soft. the lạp xưởng was added in next. meanwhile, cook up the pasta according to package instructions, just shy of completely done tho. transfer pasta to pan and mix all together, along with the spinach concoction. season with salt and pepper.

seriously, it was really that simple.

chinese pasta



today's song: Shinedown, Second Chance

5 comments:

  1. Can I just tell you that it makes me 10 kinds of happy to know you've wondered the thing about working parents, too? I always feel like such a failure when I'm barely getting myself something to eat by 7 PM. How do people do it when they have kids to feed right away and they're tired and just off work??

    ps I also relate to being in different food moods from time to time. Oh, I relate. Pumpkin soup may sound FAB right now and disgusting tomorrow night. You never know. This has sealed the deal. We are friends.

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  2. shannalee, you crack me up. so glad i'm not alone in having ZERO inclination to do much of anything when i get home from work!

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  3. Pumpkin in a pasta salad! With chinese sausage? The colors are beautiful, and I can only imagine the flavor explosion. Mmmm. Thanks for such an original recipe idea!

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  4. aliza, thank you! hopefully you'll make this dish too.

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  5. aliza, thank you! hopefully you'll make this dish too.

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