Saturday, August 7, 2010

Yikes! Spaghetti!

Much to my horror my children love spaghetti.  You see, I have some deep psychological issues.  But why spaghetti you may ask, well let me demonstrate exactly how crazy I am.

As a child, when my family returned from living in Israel my father worked very hard to support his family.  There were times we struggled financially and my parents did the very best they could.  At one point my mother, doing the best she knew how, bought the items necessary to make spaghetti for many dinners to come.  We at spaghetti for dinner each night for 3 weeks.  My favorite part, about halfway through this time my family was asked to someone's house for dinner.  We were so excited!  We were going to have something other than spaghetti!  Can you guess what was served? got it!!!!!! SPAGHETTI!!!!

Looking back this story is quite funny but to this day I cannot bring myself to eat long thin noodles with a red sauce.  Like I said....I am crazy.

That said, when my children are dying for spaghetti I find something else to eat. 

This week, when the princess made the dish that must not be named, I decided to give Buitoni Shrimp and lobster ravioli a try. 

The directions on the package where easy to follow and I soon had dinner ready to go.  A pot of water is filled with water, the package of sauce placed in the water and brought to a boil.  Once the water is boiling the pasta is added and cooked for 5 short minutes.  Drain the pasta, place in a bowl, cut open the sauce pack and pour over the pasta.  Quick, simple and easy to do.  

I decided to pair this dish with a salad made of tomatoes, cucumbers and fresh mozzarella cheese.  Each package makes perfect sized serving so I did allow my sons to try some and even shared a little with my friend Carol.

The pasta is tender and the filling simple yet satisfying.  My sons liked the creamy garlic butter sauce which was included in the package but Carol and I would have preferred to lightly toss the the pasta with a lemon butter sauce.  The shrimp and lobster meat are recognizable and as fresh as you can expect from a frozen meal.  This would never be my first choice as a meal but it is a good quick meal on a day when you need to prepare something quickly or are too tired to prepare a full meal.
As part of the Foodbuzz Tastmakes program Buitoni sent me a coupon for a free item of my choice.

Pictures of spaghetti not provided, author unwilling due to insanity.

1 comment:

  1. I really wish I could find these ravioli's that I am hearing so much about. My grocer is looking into them for me, but still no results after two weeks.
    Sorry about the spaghetti, my absolute favorite dish to have.