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I am just like so many busy moms out there. I want to create great meals for me and my family where the food brings us together at the end of a long and hectic day. I want to empower moms to feel like they are able to make Great Everyday Meals by using simple, accessible, and inexpensive ingredients and basic cooking techniques. It’s more about family and less about slaving away in the kitchen cooking. I have been a restaurant industry professional for about 10 years and have a great passion for cooking. I will share tips, recipes and techniques that I have learned to arm everyday cooks with the foundation to simple yet great tasting cooking! Johanna M. Cook

Friday, February 26, 2010

Refrigerator Staples - Mini Fusili w/ Bacon & Peas in a Cream Sauce


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in Jan 2010 was 14.8 million. 14.8 MILLION PEOPLE WITHOUT JOBS! I am so grateful to God that me and my family are not one of those families. However, even though we are a two income household, just like everyone else in this country, we are definitely feeling the pinch financially. Saving money is so detrimental to our financial success and we are doing everything we can to save every penny whenever possible. In saving money, I am learning to become savvier in my grocery shopping habits. Buying food is a must for everybody and I want to save money, but I don't want to sacrifice good food in doing so. So I'm sharing a recipe made from refrigerator and pantry staples. Not only are these items easy to find, they are also extremely inexpensive and easy to make for family and friends.

MINI FUSILI W/ BACON & PEAS

1 lb. mini fusili (or any other pasta of your liking)
1 pack of bacon
Frozed Peas
Parmesan Cheese
1 pint of heavy whipping cream
Salt & Pepper

Cut the bacon into about 1 inch pieces and fry until golden. Drain on papertowels.

Boil water in a pot and salt the water once in comes to a rolling boil. This is only chance you get to season the pasta. Cook the pasta from 6-8 minutes until al dente.

In a large saucepan, in medium heat, heat the heavy whipping cream. Once it is in a slow simmer, add 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese until sauce thickens. Add 2 tsp of salt and 1 tsp of pepper. Drain pasta and toss in cream sauce. Immediately add 1 cup of frozen peas (add more or less to your liking), another 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese and bacon. Toss until peas are fully heated through and serve.


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