When it comes to home cooking, I am very particular about the preparation and cooking time not to mention the cost of the ingredients. My objective is to be able to prepare foods that are easy on the budget and could be done in less than no time. For a busy Mom who takes care of everything in the house and doing freelance works at the same time, it is rather helpful to have ready cooked meals in the fridge whenever you need it. I am not a fan of instant noodles and although I used to eat canned foods once in a while, I am not keen to having these on a regular basis. Aside from the fact that this is not healthy, I also crave for something fresh with all the natural ingredients and do you know what is my answer to all these requirements? Pasta!
I find that pasta are easy to cook and prepare and its not very hard to stock up on the ingredients. Best of all, you can have a lot of variation, too. I used to prepare different kinds of pasta dishes...Spaghetti, Tuna pasta, Italian pasta, Pesto Pasta, Chicken and Garlic, Ham and Cheese, Shrimp Pasta, Carbonara, Alfredo, Pasta salad and even Baked Macaroni. I am good at experimenting and this led me to discover a lot of pasta dishes which would suit my taste, and budget of course. :)
Here are some of the pasta dishes I've made at home:
So whenever I do my grocery shopping, these ingredients are always on top of my list:
cherry tomatoes, onions, garlic, bell peppers, parsley, tomato sauces (different kinds), hot sauce, soy sauce, canned Tuna, ground beef, cheese, ham, bacon, parmesan cheese, mushrooms, all purpose cream, milk and all available herbs that are available in the supermarket.
I hope to create more pasta dishes as this is my favorite comfort food, really. :)
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