With a few goodies from the garden, dinner was exceptionally good tonight!
The recipe couldn't be more basic, but what made it taste so good were the fresh zucchini and basil that I have been trying to keep alive during this seriously HOT summer!
1 package rigatoni
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 kielbasa sausage, sliced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 cups zucchini, chopped
2 chopped fresh tomatoes or 1 can petite diced tomatoes
1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped
1. Cook rigatoni in a pot with salted water according to package instructions. Make sauce while noodles cook.
2. For sauce: In a large skillet, heat up 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add onion and kielbasa and cook over medium heat until onion is tender. Add zucchini and cook a few more minutes.
3. Add garlic, saute for a minute or two. Then add tomatoes and basil. Allow to cook while pasta is still cooking. Add salt and pepper to taste. Keep the salt light, the sausage already has a strong salt presence.
4. When pasta is ready, add it to the sauce, as much as you like. To serve, transfer to bowl, drizzle with a bit of olive oil and keep fresh pepper on hand. Because of the sausage, you shouldn't need more salt.
despite the fact that we spent several hours together earlier in the day, and shared on skype call that evening ... these girls still had to connect one more time before going off to bed.
thank goodness for skype,
thank goodness for fun cousins whom we love,
thank goodness for silliness in general - it keeps us entertained to say the least.
the first is a happy story - a mother and daughter riding space mountain and the tea cups - enjoying the sunshine and drinking in every last minute they had in the magic kingdom.
the second tale is not so happy, it is of a father in the process of losing 18 pounds due to intestinal difficulties, and his two sons and oldest daugher forging their way through disneyland so that the above mentioned mother and daughter could enjoy their last day at the park. sweet little thing 1 just rode in the stroller the entire day, the boy was not chosed to be among the jedis in training, and the king was just done.
so which tale do you want to hear?