When I was a kid, I used to always order a huge plate of ziti with butter and parmesan at restaurants. Tiny bit of sauce on the side, but JUST a tiny bit (I was very “particular”). Regardless of the variety of food on the menu, if you put some pasta and butter in front of me, I was cool as a cucumber.
These days, I am still fond of my pasta and butter combo. Some things don’t change…I knew what was up as a youngin’.
There’s just something about real butter, you know? It’s not necessarily the healthiest thing you can eat, but it’s so delicious. And we all deserve deliciousness.
Real butter goes a long way. The plate you see only has half a tablespoon of butter, just enough…and totally necessary.
The whole wheat pasta, sweet potato, peas and spinach provide wholesome nourishment, and the butter gives you that closed-eyed “mmmm” feeling of richness.
Simply seasoned with some salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes for a little kick, and you’ve got yourself a comforting winter meal.
Topped with parm… what more could you want?
The little kid inside of me was so happy with this meal. She even got some extra nutrition today with all the veggies. Win-Win.
Simple Winter Pasta in a Light Coat of Butter
(serves 1 or 2)
- about 1.5 cups of whole wheat pasta shells, cooked.
- about .5 cups Maple Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- handful of spinach
- handful of frozen peas
- dashes of salt, pepper, crushed red pepper
- 1/2 T Butter
- parmesan cheese
Mix all together in a pot over low heat. Enjoy the taste of real butter.
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