I received free samples from The Pasta Shoppe for my honest review. I received no other compensation for this post.
I’m going to tell you a not so secret – I LOVE PASTA! What’s not to love, right? I found a company that makes pasta not just delicious but downright fun. I’m talking absolutely adorable shapes like kitties, bunnies, snowmen, jack-o-lanterns – I could go on and on. You could have a different shape for every holiday!
They don’t just make cute pastas – oh no! They make gourmet pastas too! Flavors like spinach basil garlic angel hair (are you drooling?) and whole wheat angel hair. You can even find meringues for a light, sweet dessert. What is this company? It’s The Pasta Shoppe!
The Pasta Shoppe is not just retail – it has a whole other side. A fundraising business. If you lead an organization that needs to raise money, if your non-profit needs a new way to raise some cash or your class at school needs a unique fundraiser The Pasta Shoppe has a program to help. You can sell their pastas, soup mixes or chili mixes to raise your money. Just imagine how receptive people will be to buying cute and delicious pasta! Want to learn more about this great program can work for you – request more info.
I was sent a box full o’fun from The Pasta Shoppe and you will be seeing all of the different products as I use them. The first package I opened just felt appropriate for this time of year given that I have been spending so much time dealing with fresh vegetables. I’m also very busy so I wanted something quick and easy for dinner. I will also admit to being a sucker for hamburger – there, I said it. I can’t help it. I’m a child of my generation and that is a generation brought up on helper meals. I don’t make them any more but now and again I recreate my youth in a more adult way.
Garden Vegetable and Pasta Dinner
1 lb ground beef
2 cups sliced eggplant
3 TBS olive oil
1 TBS finely chopped basil
1 clove garlic, pressed
2 large tomatoes, diced
4 oz fresh mozzarella cheese
1 14oz bag Garden Veggies Pasta or other shaped pasta
salt and pepper
Preheat your oven to 350°
Place the sliced eggplant in a baking dish and drizzle 2TBS of the olive oil and some salt over top. Roast for 30 – 45 minutes until the eggplant is soft.
While the eggplant is roasting, cook the hamburger in a skillet with 1 TBS of the olive oil, the basil and the garlic. (I freeze my basil in olive oil so that is what the lump off to the far left is).
While the meat is cooking bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta.
Drain the pasta when it is ready and return it to the pot.
Add in the cooked eggplant, the meat and the tomatoes. Mix gently and let sit for 5 minutes. Taste and add salt and pepper if necessary.
To serve – spoon onto the plate and top with the diced, fresh mozzarella.
It was really yummy and it was even better the next night!
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Disclosure: I received free samples from The Pasta Shoppe for my honest review. I received no other compensation for this post.