Quick and Easy Pasta Salad

quick and easy pasta salad

I like cold pasta salads however, some can take up so much work.  This one however, only took me 30 minutes.  It is great for those leftover meat and other ingredients that you want to use but don’t know what to do with them.

Here are the ingredients I used to make this one:  Feel free to use whatever is in your pantry to make your own quick and easy pasta salad recipe.

quick and easy pasta salad ingredients

4 cups of dried pasta (I used small Fusilli pasta.)
1 cup of red peppers chopped into small pieces
1 cup of cherry tomatoes halved
1 cup of zucchini peeled and chopped into small pieces
1 cup of red kidney beans (rinsed)
1 cup of sharp cheddar cheese cubed
2/3 – 3/4 cup of favorite salad dressing (I created a Dijon mustard with oregano, white wine vinegar, and olive oil, salt and pepper to taste)

First, I cooked the pasta coordinating to the recipe.

Then, I drained it and placed the pasta on a cookie sheet to cool off. It worked pretty well. After about 5 minutes, I added the zucchini, then, beans, red pepper, cheddar cheese, and cherry tomatoes.

lay out pasta to cool on a cookie sheet then add ingredients

Then, I mixed them and transferred them to the bowl and used a little of the salad dressing and tossed it together. I added a little more until it was just wet and not too much dressing coating the pasta. I prefer it not be extremely wet.

Then, I covered the bowl and placed it in the refrigerator for a few hours.

Then, toss it again and add more dressing if needed.

Enjoy!

quick and easy pasta salad in the bowl

Here is the recipe if you want to print it.

Quick and Easy Pasta Salad

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of dried pasta (I used small Fusilli pasta.)
  • 1 cup of red peppers chopped into small pieces
  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 cup of zucchini peeled and chopped into small pieces
  • 1 cup of red kidney beans (rinsed)
  • 1 cup of sharp cheddar cheese cubed
  • 2/3 - 3/4 cup of favorite salad dressing (I created a Dijon mustard with oregano, white wine vinegar, and olive oil, salt and pepper to taste)

Instructions

  1. First, I cooked the pasta coordinating to the recipe.
  2. Then, I drained it and placed the pasta on a cookie sheet to cool off. It worked pretty well. After about 5 minutes, I added the zucchini, then, beans, red pepper, cheddar cheese, and cherry tomatoes.
  3. Then, I mixed them and transferred them to the bowl and used a little of the salad dressing and tossed it together. I added a little more until it was just wet and not too much dressing coating the pasta. I prefer it not be extremely wet.
  4. Then, I covered the bowl and placed it in the refrigerator for a few hours.
  5. Then, toss it again and add more dressing if needed.
  6. Enjoy!

 

Looking for some great pasta bowls, here are some I found at Amazon:

              

Sabrina Quairoli

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Cleaning Supplies Area Organized

cleaning supplies area organized

This week I cleaned out my foyer closet, especially the cleaning area where I store lots of cleaning supplies for the common areas. Yes, I know what you are thinking, “Boring!”. It IS boring and that is why I am doing it. =)  I hope this helps you get inspired to organize a “boring area” of your home.

“The boring mundane tasks help
me rest my mind and refocuses on what I want.” ~Sabrina Quairoli

I had this unit installed when I converted my foyer closet into a pantry.  Here is the link so you can see it.  But, now that I don’t need the pantry in the foyer any longer, I converted this space into a cleaning supplies area.  This is the unit that I purchased: ClosetMaid Adjustable 8-Tier Wall and Door Rack, 18-Inch  You can order it from Amazon.com.

First, I pulled out everything from my foyer closet. Cleaned off the cobwebs.  Then, I sorted my cleaning supplies into tasks. 

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I needed space to hold rags and small grocery bags so I did this.  I pulled from my “Organizing supplies” and zip-tied them to the wire shelf.  I used two for each because with one, it tipped to one side.  

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Then I cut zip-ties and then put a plastic liner on top.  

cover-the-wire-shelf-with-plastic

The wire shelving kit that I have offered a wire bar for those shallow shelves.  So, I decided to use it for the long floor pads I need to store for my wood floors.   It works great.

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I then, added labels and hooks to help make it more organized.  I made sure the labels were large enough to read from a distance since there would be coats near the shelves.  I used small zip-ties with the labels and took off the excess when I attached it to the wire shelves.  I also removed some shelves that were just not necessary.  Here is the before and after image.

Before and after cleaning supplies

Note: My plant watering pitcher will still go back but I will probably hang it farther down on the shelf where the floor cloths are placed.  

Here is the breakdown of the supplies I stored in this space:

  • The top shelf is misc. cleaning supplies like silver cleaner, cooper cleaner, etc…
  • The second shelf down holds glass and wood cleaners.
  • The third shelf holds leather and stainless steel cleaners.
  • The fourth shelf holds cleaning supplies.
  • The fifth shelf holds cleaning floor pads and the cleaning rags and small trash bags.

Note: The bathroom supplies are stored in the respective bathroom. 

It may seem like a lot of supplies, but I purchase these supplies from a wholesaler in bulk or when they go on sale so I can save a little money.   I have another area for the really large refill bottles of liquid.

Where do you store your cleaning supplies?  What do you use to organize your supplies?  I hope you enjoyed this post and leave a comment below.

Sabrina Quairoli

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Organizing Issues Experienced By A Professional Organizer

Organizing issues experienced by a professional organizer

We remodeled our kitchen last April. So, being the organizer as I am, I decided to collect lots of stuff that would help me organize my kitchen exactly the way I wanted it. Well, I think I over did it!  I returned what I can.

After the organizing was complete in the kitchen, I decided to keep the rest of the organizing stuff because a relative, who was moving into their first house at the end of the year, may need it.    Does that sound familiar?  Keeping items just in case another person might need it.

And now it is a year later, I asked them again if they needed anything.  They said no. Great!  Now I should be able to get rid of most of it, right?

So, I mentioned to my husband that I wanted to go through the piles of organizing stuff in our storage closet and pull them out. He said, “Why? There isn’t that much.”  I chuckled and then, showed him this:

Before organizing stuff

Oh, I forgot to mention: The empty boxes that I stored there as well, because of small appliances and other gifts we received last Christmas.  I didn’t even want to take a picture of that.  Yuck!  Plus, my husband got right to it and started breaking down the boxes and setting them up to be recycled before I even finished pulling stuff out.  He’s great that way.  

After I emptied all the stuff into the family room.  It made me nervous looking at it all.  Yes, me, an organizer, who has seen it all for 20 some years, I got nervous.  It took up almost the entire floor space in my room.  It was scary to have to decide what needed to go and what could stay truly.  What if I got rid of something that I can use in my kid’s room, or in my room?  But I soldiered on started.

Tip:  Assign one organizing  bin for smaller organizing supplies you may need.  Store it in the garage or basement for quick organizing projects in your home!   But, not this big. This is way out of hand.

1st Organizing Issue:

The difficult part of organizing this stuff for me was letting go of picture frames.  I love picture frames and am always updating and rotating them.  But these were ones I didn’t use in years. BUT may use in the future.  Same old story, right?

picture frame issue image

Solution:

To help me let go of these picture frames, I decided to frame some artwork, and then donate the rest of the frames.

2nd Organizing Issue:

My other struggle was the sentimental state/country plates. In our old kitchen, we would have an entire wall dedicated to the places we visited. But, with our new kitchen, we just don’t have the wall space to do that and nor do we want to.

Solution:

So, since it was Thursday when I did this, I decided to take pictures of the different items that I wanted to give away and share it with those people on my social media accounts.  Using #TBT.  Then, I was more willing to get rid of them.

This took me about 1.5 hours:

  • I pulled out the items.
  • I went go through each of the bins and the other items.
  • And, DECIDED on what to do with it.

Here is the after picture I took of what I am keeping.  Pretty good.   I am proud of myself and my husband for helping me get rid of what we didn’t really use. (UPDATE: my husband decided not to keep the sorter, so that’s gone!  Woo hoo!)

after organizing stuff

I hope this shows you that organizers also struggle when it comes to getting rid of stuff.  But, by making a decision and taking action on the item, you too can clear out the clutter. And, only keep the items you truly want.

Sabrina Quairoli

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Jacob’s Pancakes

Jacob's Pancake

Many years ago, my mom and I went on a trip to NYC to visit a friend of her’s.  Her friend lived in a high-rise that overlooked the city.  It was amazing.  The city lights and the beautiful views. Wow. I can see the attraction to city life.  It was very exciting.

While we were there she made Jacob’s Pancakes for breakfast one morning,  not sure the history behind it, but it was so good I wanted to share this recipe with my family so I made it recently.  I did modified the recipe with the ingredients I had on hand, but it still works and was delicious!  The kids and my husband said it was really good too.  I hope you try it and feel free to change it and see for yourself.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/c cup skim milk
2 eggs, scrambled
A pinch of nutmeg (I used fresh and grated it myself)
4 tbsp butter unsalted
2 tbsp of confectioners sugar
1 tbsp of lemon juice from a fresh lemon

First, melt the butter in an oven proof pan (10-12 inch size). I used a cast iron skillet. It worked great and crisped up the bottom nicely. Turn off the flame and let the butter finish melting.

melt butter in the oven proof pan

Then, add the scrambled egg to the bowl, then the milk, then sprinkle the flour into the bowl while whisking. Then, add the nutmeg. Don’t over mix. Just mix till slightly lumpy.

batter for jacob's pancake

Then, pour the batter into the melted butter. Then, bake for 15-20 minutes until it puffed up and is brown.

Then, sprinkle confectioners sugar on top and put in for another 1 minute.

Then, let sit for a minute or two and sprinkle with lemon juice.

Cooked Jacob's pancake

I cut it into 10 pieces.  As it cooled, it wasn’t puffy any longer.

Serve with jam/preserves.

Enjoy!

If you wish to print the recipe, here it is:

Jacob’s Pancakes

Serving Size 4

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/c cup skim milk
  • 2 eggs, scrambled
  • A pinch of nutmeg (I used fresh and grated it myself)
  • 4 tbsp butter unsalted
  • 2 tbsp of confectioners sugar
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice from a fresh lemon

Instructions

  1. First, melt the butter in an oven proof pan (10-12 inch size). I used a cast iron skillet. It worked great and crisped up the bottom nicely. Turn off the flame and let the butter finish melting.
  2. Then, add the scrambled egg to the bowl, then the milk, then sprinkle the flour into the bowl while whisking. Then, add the nutmeg. Don't over mix. Just mix till slightly lumpy.
  3. Then, pour the batter into the melted butter. Then, bake for 15-20 minutes until it puffed up and is brown.
  4. Then, sprinkle confectioners sugar on top and put in for another 1 minute.
  5. Then, let sit for a minute or two and sprinkle with lemon juice.
  6. I cut it into 10 pieces. As it cooled, it wasn't puffy any longer.
  7. Serve with jam/preserves.
  8. Enjoy!

Here are some great pancake cookbooks from Amazon:

      

Sabrina Quairoli

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Tips for Organizing Long-Term Files

Tips for Organizing Long-Term Files

For DIY Sunday, I am going to talk about storing long-term files while going through the process myself.  Here we go.

I am a stickler for saving space.  My house is three stories and not very wide.  So to save storage space, I am going through and reduce as much as possible.  I always go through my long-term files storage around this time of the year after I complete my last year’s taxes.  So, last week, I decided to do just that and document all the tips/thoughts that went through my mind while doing it.   

Here are the tips for organizing long-term files:

For Personal Paper Long-Term files:

  • Remember, you do not need to keep utility bills as long as they are paid, especially if you have online access to these accounts.
  • Get rid of pay stubs, as long as, you have the W-2’s with your taxes.
  • Keep your taxes in an according folder with all the other tax related papers.
  • RECYCLE YOUR FOLDERS: Use USED manila folders by turning them inside out and using the clean side tab to write the content.
  • No hanging folders are necessary in long-term files.
  • Use one bin and have at least two – three years in it to save space.  It will be really full but, it’s just paper so that is OK as long as it is organized. — remember to always save space!
  • Use a clear bin and label the years on the front.
  • Shred letters that make you sad or angry.
  • Shred ALL bills you don’t want to keep!!!
  • If you keep receipts, have a covered accordion folder so the receipts don’t fall out when you store it away.

For Small Business Owners:

  • Keep business invoices and business receipts/expenses as proof for your returns.
  • Keep your bank and credit card statements for your business.
  • Keep your files for the business in an accordion folder with a lid so it can be easily accessible and will not get mixed with the personal papers.
  • Keep your business paperwork separate from your personal paperwork.

That’s pretty much it.  I hope this helps you get your long-term files organized.  I was able to shred 3 bags of paperwork too.  =)

Let’s continue the conversation.  What are your tips on filing your long-term files away?  Please leave a comment below.

 

 

Sabrina Quairoli

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30 Days to Spring Cleaning Your Home

30 Days to Spring Cleaning Your Home

Spring cleaning doesn’t happen just in one weekend.  Well, it can but, boy, will you be exhausted after you are done. I like to do these tasks over several weekends or even a bit each day.  Making these tasks a part of the day for the next 30 days or longer will help manage the time more effectively. You do not need to do these tasks in this exact order. The list below can be done when the weather or temperature is appropriate to do the task. Be patient and work through the 30 days to spring cleaning tasks and you will get them done. Here we go:

OUTSIDE SPRING CLEANING

Day 1: Clean outside windows.
Day 2: Clean and repair siding. Inspect roof.
Day 3: Pull out outside equipment/tools and setup and wash as needed (like hoses, patio furniture, etc…)
Day 4: Weed mulch bed then add new mulch for the season.
Day 5: Get the lawn prepared. Check lawn mower and other tools. Get the mower blades sharpened as needed.
Day 6: Clean grill.
Day 7: Clean gardens beds.
Day 8: Clear out the garage of any unused items. Clear off surfaces and put away winter supplies.

BEDROOM SPRING CLEANING

Day 9: Clean ceiling fans and change bedding.
Day 10: Clear out winter clothes from closets and donate.
Day 11: Dust baseboards and molding.
Day 12: Move furniture and vacuum under them.

CAR SPRING CLEANING

Day 13: Vacuum and clean out any trash from car.
Day 14: Get car washed and clear out trash from trunk.
Day 15: Get car checkout to make sure ready for summer.

KITCHEN SPRING CLEANING

Day 16: Dust ceiling fan and cabinets.
Day 17: Clear out the refrigerator of old food and wipe down with vinegar and water then dry.
Day 18: Go through your pantry to see what you have and get rid of items you don’t use or have expired.
Day 19: Get rid of small appliances you do not use.

COMMON AREAS TO SPRING CLEAN

Day 20: Take down curtains and clean them. Then, put them back up.
Day 21: Clean inside of the windows.
Day 22: Clean exhaust vents.
Day 23: Change air filters.
Day 24: Go through medicine cabinets and clear out any unused medicine.
Day 25: Vacuum returns and dust molding.
Day 26: Move furniture and deep clean floors.
Day 27: Go through books and donate ones you don’t want any longer. Then dust books.
Day 28: Clean carpets.
Day 29: Go through winter jackets and remove any unused ones. Clear out any gloves that are missing a pair.
Day 30: Change any light bulbs that have gone out.

Here is a printable free checklist for you to use.  Please feel free to share it.

30 Days to Spring Cleaning Your Home

 

I hope this spring cleaning list helps you maximize your time.  It seems like a lot but can be done with a little planning. Let’s continue the conversation below, what area of your spring cleaning list do you dread the most? Please leave a comment below.

 

Sabrina Quairoli

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Parmesan Garlic Roasted Potatoes

Parmesan Garlic Roasted Potatoes

Recently, I made London broil for my husband’s birthday.  So, to go with the meat, I decided to make these Parmesan Garlic Roasted Potatoes. It’s easy and not difficult to make.  And, comes together really easily.  And, did I mention, yummy!  Really yummy!

Here’s how I made it.

I started with the ingredients:

2 lb of russet potatoes cut into 3/4 inch pieces
1/2 tbsp – 1 tbsp granulated garlic
2 tbsp dried parsley
2 tbsp of olive oil
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

ingredient for potatoes

Preheat 400 degrees.

Cut the potatoes into 3/4 inches cubes.  Then toss with the granulated garlic, parsley, and olive oil.  Then put the potatoes into a baking dish or cookie sheet.  I like the glass type.  It crisps up nicely.

toss potatoes with herbs

Bake for 20 minutes.  Then use a spatula and turn them over.  Then, bake for another 20 minutes.  Then, pull it out and toss with Parmesan Cheese. Put it bake in the oven for 5-10 minutes.  When you pull it out, it should be crisp and the cheese will be melted. Here is the cooked  Parmesan Garlic Roasted Potatoes.

parm garlic roasted potato

Here is the recipe you can print:

Parmesan Garlic Roasted Potatoes

How Many Served 6

Ingredients

  • 2 lb of russet potatoes cut into 3/4 inch pieces
  • 1/2 tbsp - 1 tbsp granulated garlic
  • 2 tbsp dried parsley
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat 400 degrees.
  2. Cut the potatoes into 3/4 inches cubes. Then toss with the granulated garlic, parsley, and olive oil. Then put the potatoes into a baking dish or cookie sheet. I like the glass type. It crisps up nicely.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes. Then use a spatula and turn them over. Then, bake for another 20 minutes. Then, pull it out and toss with Parmesan Cheese. Put it bake in the oven for 5-10 minutes. When you pull it out, it should be crisp and the cheese will be melted.
  4. Enjoy!

I hope you try this recipe, share, and leave a message below.

Looking for some cookbooks, here are some great cookbooks about dishes from Amazon:

           

Sabrina Quairoli

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Morning Ritual Tips

Morning Ritual Tips for anyone

Did you ever document your morning rituals? You know, those tasks you enjoy doing each day that helps you make your day better. If you never did this before, here are some tips to make your morning ritual exactly the way you want it.

What is a morning ritual?

A ritual should improve your life. It should be easy to do and you should enjoy it. It is not a rushed task though you can realistically decide how long you want it to take.

What are the benefits of having morning rituals?

  • Gives you focus
  • Helps you ease into your day
  • Balances your energy and helps reduce stress
  • Makes you the best of you
  • Allows you to keep it real before work and all the other to do tasks happen in your day.
Great morning rituals help you easily bring joy and loving into the day.

Great morning rituals help you easily bring joy and loving into the day. ~Sabrina Quairoli

 

What does a morning ritual look like?

I’m glad you asked. =)  A morning ritual for me looks like this:

  • Wake up early before kids – at least an hour depending on what time I went to bed.
    Mediation 15 minutes at the most or 4-7-8 breathing exercise I particularly like this one from Dr. Weil or 20 minutes of listen to an inspiring recording or podcast.
  • Shower and take care of myself and get ready for the day.
  • Drink my tea on delicate tea temperature so I can drink it right away. While drinking my tea determine my intentions for the day and think of the big picture goals.
  • Drink my non-dairy protein shake with organic Earthbound Deep greens mix and organic cantaloupe with my daily vitamins.

It’s still a work in progress. I would love to add more activities like workout. Some days I do workout when the schedule is less tight on time.  Here are some additional ideas to help you start your day off right:

  • Add stretching. I can remember my father doing yoga every morning when I was a kid. I was so impressed with his ability to do head stand so easily.
  • Add exercise (walking then running 20 minutes.)
  • Read something inspiring.
  • Talk about the life goals or ideas with your partner.
  • Write down inspirational notes to yourself.
  • Write down your to do list and visualize your day.

How to start your new morning ritual?

Write down on paper the list of the morning rituals you want to do in the morning. Start off with a few tasks and add as need be. Remember it takes 30 days to make this a habit so keep it up for 30 days and determine how it helps. Then, change as needed.

That’s pretty much it. What do you do to make your day start off on the right foot? Please leave a comment below and join the conversation.

Sabrina Quairoli

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Shame Affects You More Than The Clutter

Shame Affects You More Than The Clutter

I watched Brené Brown: Listening to Shame video recently.  It is one of my favorite TED Talks.  Brené talks about shame and how we are saying to ourselves, “We Are NEVER Good Enough or Who Do We Think We Are”.  Isn’t that a great way of looking at the underlining statements we say to ourselves that are from shame? And, these statements are just a few of the powerful statements in this video.

As a Professional Organizer(P.O.) for 20 years, I have met these similar comments when I tell a person what I do for a living. They feel that a P.O. will judge them for how they have lived their lives.  And, if they accept help, it means they can’t do it all (shame), which then means they are stupid or unintelligent (shame) because they can’t do it all.    Then, I go on and say, using my motherly voice, “My mission is to help others through inspiring them to organize and make their lives easier to manage without judgement.”  This usually helps them put their shame aside and be more open and allow me to see how they are living.  This is a big step for them, so I take it very seriously.  I especially do not want my clients to feel at all pressured or criticized for their situations.

When I meet with them for the Solutions Consultation, the first statement that comes out of their mouth when we enter the room that bothers them the most is “I am so ashamed or embarrassed of this ….” Interesting right?  Shame you have about the clutter weighs on you more than the clutter itself. Shame plays a huge role in clutter.

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I am here to tell you that the way you feel (the shame) about your clutter, messy home, or disorganized space, is affecting you more than the clutter itself.  Remember that stuff is stuff.  They are things that aren’t always needed.  You may need them now but not a year or five years from now.  The stuff is the means to an end.  You need them for a purpose whether it be to remind you of a happy memory or doing a particular task just to name a few.  If you keep this in mind when you look at your stuff and your clutter, it will make getting rid of things easier.

Here are some tips to help you combat shame about your cluttered home:

  • Recognize that you are embarrassed by your clutter. Tell yourself that clutter is just indecision and start by making decisions on every item you have.
  • Admit to yourself that you need help.  It is OK to ask.  Forget the internal monologue that says you have to do it all yourself or you are not strong.
  • Remember a strong person is the one who can ask for help.
  • Remember there are many ways to do tasks and organize spaces.  So, inform yourself that it is OK to change processes and rearrange spaces to make it work more efficiently.
  • Remember clutter does not have to be permanent.   If it bothers you, get rid of it.

Above all else, when you look at clutter, there is no need to judge yourself.  The items are not judging you, so stop judging yourself.  Let’s continue the conversation, what do you say to yourself when you look at clutter in your home?  Please leave a comment below.

 

Sabrina Quairoli

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Tuna and Artichoke Tomato Sauce

Tuna-and-articoke-tomato-sauce

When growing up, homemade tomato sauce was staple in my house.  My mom would make it from stretch and she taught me how to make it too.  She would make it plain all the time, just with whole tomatoes and some herbs and pepper.  It is so easy to do.  These days, I make my tomato sauce but add various ingredients to make it a little different.

This past week I was really busy so I wanted to something quick and easy.  So, I looked in my pantry and put together this Tuna and Artichoke Tomato Sauce dish.  Here you go.  I hope you try it and enjoy it.

Here are the ingredients:

tuna and artichoke tomato sauce ingredients

  • 2 – cans of tuna in water
  • 1-2 cans of artichokes in water
  • 2 – 16 oz cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1-2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2-3 chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp of parsley
  • 1 tsp of oregano
  • 1 tsp of basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 package of your favorite pasta or loaf of Italian bread
  • 1 -2 tbsp of butter for mixing with the sauce and pasta at the end

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First, I added the olive oil and heated the garlic for a few minutes.  Then, I added the canned tuna and mashed it up and then added the artichokes.  I stirred it and let it heat for a few minutes.

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Then, I added the diced tomatoes and added the parsley, oregano, and basil.  I like to sprinkle it over the top to make sure it is evenly distributed.  

mix the sauce so the herbs are mixed in.

Then, I stirred in the herbs and tomatoes and let it come to a boil.  I let it cook for about 15 minutes at low temperature. 

Tilt the lid so air can get in and evaporate the excess water on top of the sauce.

For the last 5 minutes, I tilted the lid to let the water evaporate.  If you want it even drier, you can tilt the lid for the entire 20 minutes. After finished, I removed the lid and took it off the burner.  

Then, I cooked the pasta. I used gluten-free pasta but this dish would also be great on toasted Italian bread.  Yum!  

After the pasta is cooked, pour the mixture over the pasta and then add few slabs of butter on top of the sauce and mixed it in.  

Here is the final product.

final picture tuna and artichoke pantry tomato sauce

Here is a printable recipe:

Tuna and Artichoke Tomato Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 - cans of tuna in water
  • 1-2 cans of artichokes in water
  • 2 - 16 oz cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1-2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2-3 chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp of parsley
  • 1 tsp of oregano
  • 1 tsp of basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 package of your favorite pasta or loaf of Italian bread
  • 1 -2 tbsp of butter for mixing with the sauce and pasta at the end

Instructions

  1. First, I added the olive oil and heated the garlic for a few minutes. Then, I added the tuna and mashed it up and then added the artichokes. I stirred it and let it heat for a few minutes.
  2. Then, I added the diced tomatoes and added the parsley, oregano, and basil. I like to sprinkle it over the top to make sure it is evenly distributed.
  3. Then, I stirred in the herbs and tomatoes and let it come to a boil. I let it cook for about 15-20 minutes at low temperature.
  4. For the last 5 minutes, I tilted the lid to let the water evaporate. If you want it even drier, you can tilt the lid for the entire 20 minutes. After it was done, I removed the lid and took it off the burner.
  5. Then, I cooked the pasta. I used gluten free pasta but this dish would also be great on toasted Italian bread. Yum!
  6. After the pasta is cooked, pour the mixture over the pasta and then add few slabs of butter on top of the sauce and mixed it in.

I hope you try this one out and let me know how it goes.  Feel free to add any additional ingredients to it.  It is a very flexible recipe.

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Sabrina Quairoli

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