Every once in a while, your child says something that makes you feel like a total mommy rock star.
Last night, tired and wondering what I could possibly make for dinner, I improvised this pasta dish with what I had on hand in the fridge. Much to my surprise dinner was received with, "Mommy, this is the best dinner you've ever made!" Wow. It felt like winning the Academy Award of home cooking. High marks, to be sure. Either that, or my regular culinary output leaves much to be desired by my 4 year old's "advanced" palate…hmm. Anyway, I pride myself on serving as much real, non-processed food as my schedule and budget allows, and this dinner was simple, quick and apparently, the best thing I've ever made!
Best Dinner Mommy Ever Made
In case you are experiencing that oh-so-familiar loss of what to make for dinner, here's a simple one pot dish you can try:
The "Best Dinner Mommy Ever Made" Pasta
5 pieces of bacon, cut into small strips
½ an onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons white wine
8 oz. package of fresh or frozen peas
2 ears of corn
1 handful of grape tomatoes, or any tomatoes you may have in the fridge
3 green onions
1 egg per serving
1 package fusilli pasta
-Boil water. Cook the pasta according to directions.
-Brown the bacon in a large pan, when crispy, remove and drain on a paper towel. Add onion to the pan and brown for few minutes, then add the white wine to deglaze all the bacon bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the garlic, then the fresh peas, corn and tomatoes and cook for a few more minutes, seasoning to taste with salt and pepper. Add the cooked pasta to the peas mixture when done and, remove from heat, then stir in the green onions and top with crispy bacon.
-In a separate non-stick pan, cook an egg over medium. Serve an egg on top of each serving of the hot pasta with grated Parmesan cheese. (My son happens to love a runny egg on pasta, but in case yours don't you can adjust the egg accordingly.)
My son's favorite meal!
What's your child's favorite dish that you make?
-Diane Mizota, Host of This Week in M.O.M