{recipe} easy weeknight pasta toss

I just found this post in my drafts from a few months ago. I probably never published it because I didn’t have a picture of the dish. Oh well, this was a pretty delicious meal so I think it’s worth sharing! 

It’s no secret that we love pasta in our house. Pasta, however, can get pretty lame especially because I prefer not to use jarred sauces (sugar!). I typically have a batch of my delicious meat sauce in the freezer for emergencies but sometimes it’s nice to mix it up. I love watching The Pioneer Woman because I feel like her recipes are very adaptable. She was making this penne the other week and that’s where the inspiration behind this pasta came from.

In Ree’s episode, she uses shrimp and doesn’t add any veggies. I also cut back on the amount of cream used which is why I reserve a bit of the pasta water in case the sauce needs to be thinned out. We had some left over roasted chicken and some frozen peas so I tossed that with the sauce. The best part about this recipe is that you can use whatever meat/veggies you have on hand. I think this would be great with asparagus, roasted broccoli, baby scallops, chicken sausage etc. This is a great recipe to use to clean out your fridge!

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