I told hubby I'd come up with something. As I was driving home, I was flipping through the channels on the radio and stumbled upon "My Guy" by Mary Wells. Instantly I thought of MY guy, and I was in a better mood than I was previously, and was ready to get home and make dinner. Also, who doesn't love Motown? When I was growing up, my dad owned a restaurant that played oldies. I know all of the songs by heart and they take me back to many happy memories.
I get home and start rooting around to see what we've got in. I see some asparagus that needs to be used. Hubby mentioned wanting pasta. I crank the Motown station on my speakers in the kitchen, then I see my another point of inspiration:
1 tablespoon butter
4 oz. green onions, white/light green parts cut into thin slices
1 tablespoon shallot, minced
salt and pepper
1/4 cup white wine
1/4 cup vegetable broth (chicken would be fine)
3/4 lb. asparagus, cut into bite sized pieces
1 cup peas
8 oz. campanelle, or other medium pasta
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese - however you like it (I like shaved or shredded)
While those are boiling, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and shallot. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sauté until tender, but do not brown, about 5 minutes. Add wine, and simmer until liquid is reduced by half. Add broth and bring to a simmer.
Add pasta and parmesan cheese to the veggie mixture. Stir to mix, adding pasta water in small increments if it seems dry. (I added the full cup to mine.) Taste, and re-season with salt and pepper to taste if you need to.
Louis, Etta, Marvin, Stevie, Smokey, & Gladys keep us dancing and enjoying each other's company. Finally Sugar cuts in. Why should the humans be the only ones having fun?
From not knowing what to make and not even wanting to cook - to wining, dining, and dancing - on a week night! THAT'S the power of Motown.