Brian and I have been pulling late nights trying to catch up to real time on Breaking Bad. We’re both total zombies right now- we’re up ’til 1 watching, then Isla has been waking up around 3 to eat (she had been sleeping through the night until she got sick a couple weeks ago) and then Jack usually rolls into our room around 7:30. Late night TV viewing = not the best choice. Today I was putting Jack down for a nap and he asked me to cuddle with him in his bed. The next thing I knew it was an hour later and I woke up confused, thinking it was Friday and wondering why I was in Jack’s bed.
Luckily we only have 3 episodes left until we’re caught up…
Anyway, our day was pretty low key. I had a monster grocery trip to make so my mom played with the kids this morning so I could get that done. This afternoon we took advantage of the gorgeous weather and met up with our playgroup at the park. We get so used to hanging out indoors in the summer that I forget how awesome it is to just let the kids run and play outside.
I can never resist a weird recipe so this one caught my eye on Pinterest. It’s a spaghetti & meat sauce recipe, but the “weird” part is that you cook the pasta in water + french onion soup mix, then you combine the sauce with the noodles WITHOUT draining the liquid. I love french onion soup and was curious to see if it really flavored the noodles.
Well. When I finished boiling the pasta and saw how much liquid was left in that pot, plus how liquid-y the sauce was (I used ground turkey, BTW), I made an executive decision to strain off a good portion of the cooking liquid. Two cups, to be exact:
And then I added the meat sauce to the noodles and remaining liquid and stirred to combine:
I definitely liked the flavor that the soup mix gave to the noodles, but I would highly recommend draining at least MOST of the liquid. You still get the onion flavor. Watery pasta is one of my restaurant pet peeves so I couldn’t stand for that here. Other than that it turned out great! The sauce is very mild and kid-friendly. If you like a very thick, chunky pasta sauce, this probably won’t be your thing… but I thought it was pretty good. And a fun little cooking experiment, too.
(Shhh, don’t tell but I added a little Trader Joe’s garlic marinara to the top of mine. I like lots o’ sauce.)
Alright, off to bed. Or to watching more Breaking Bad. Ughhhh I make bad choices.