My first full week back at work since the holidays went by in a flash. I actually had to go into the city twice this week, so I had a couple of long days/late nights and was more than happy to power down my laptop last night at 6:30 and call it a day. Both Matt and I just felt like relaxing, so we changed into our PJ's, poured a glass of wine and settled in for bowls of pasta and 3 more episodes of Sons of Anarchy.
I didn't get a chance to go grocery shopping yet this week so we are running on bare minimum in the food department. I mean super bare bones. Groceries are first on the list for today, but I didn't want to break down and order pizza last night, so I used up some fridge and pantry staples to make cheesy tomato pasta. It actually turned out quite delicious!
I started by cooking rigatoni in water and canned tomatoes.
Then I sauteed some mushrooms and added those in.
While that was cooking, I made a quick cheese sauce. I started with a roux with some olive oil, flour and salt.
Then I added in shredded cheddar cheese til it was nice and thick. Finally I mixed the pasta, mushrooms and cheese sauce together, and voila, cheesy tomato pasta. It was a play on my Nana's mac & cheese, but super creamy. Mmm.
I have a busy day ahead of me today. I'm going out for a girls night tonight, and tomorrow I refuse to do anything but watch football from the hours of 1-8 (Pats are playing!), so I gotta power through my to-do list today - gym, food shopping, finally taking down the holiday decorations, cleaning, running errands and starting my giant packing list for a ski weekend in Vermont next week. Woo!
P.S. Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers is hosting a Crock Pot Challenge on her blog, and I'm definitely game. I love crock pot meals and don't do enough of them. She's challenging readers to try 10 new crock pot recipes by the end of February; I have a few weekend trips planned in the next two months so 10 will be a challenge for me, but I'll do my best. I'm thinking crock pot meals will actually be great for the days I work from home - I can throw them together in the morning before I start work, and then dinner will be ready by the time the day is done!
I'm digging into some of my old slow cooker cookbooks for inspiration as I meal plan this morning. Get ready to see some crock-potting around here!