Pasta and Painting

Today I went into the city and picked up some art supplies at Sam Flax.  Then I treked over to Whole Foods and picked up ingredients for dinner.  While I was there I stopped at the in-store Jamba Juice.  Most deliciously over-priced beverages on the planet – except possibly Frappucinos, or those chocolate drinks from Godiva.  

Then I got to work painting, trying to channel my inner child/artist.  Here’s what I came up with!

Grow Together


Not exactly the next Picasso, but I’m pretty proud of myself.  

On to the pasta:

Ricotta Pasta with Tomatoes and Herbs 

*Makes one serving

1/2 cup pasta (I used elbow rice pasta because it’s what I had on hand)

1/4 cup ricotta cheese

2 T. parmesan cheese

2 small tomatoes or 1 large

1/2 cup herbs (I used Italian parsley and basil)

salt and pepper

Cook pasta in salted water until al dente (about 12 minutes for gf pasta).  

While pasta is cooking, cut up tomatoes into chunks, and dice the herbs. 

Drain pasta, except for about 3 T. of pasta water.  Pour pasta and water into serving bowl. 

Add ricotta and parmesan to the pasta and stir until you have a creamy sauce.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Toss in tomatoes and herbs (you could add chicken here if you wanted as well).

Sprinkle a bit more parmesan cheese on top, and enjoy!

This really was the perfect summer meal.  I used basil fresh from my “garden” (a pot in my kitchen with about four sprigs of basil, that’s near death).  It was so quick and simple, I might just have it again tomorrow 🙂


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