Cheat Code Weeknight Spaghetti - another dish that is clearly "Brutta ma buona" (ugly but good): Put pot of salted water on to boil.
Fry cubed zucchini in olive oil in a large skillet just until slightly brown but still a bit firm; remove, add sliced mushrooms (cheat code: buy pre-sliced) adding another glug of olive oil. Remove from skillet.
Put bulk Italian sausage you cooked with an onion and garlic over the weekend (key cheat code) in the skillet with strained or chopped Pomi tomatoes, or tomato sauce from the freezer, defrosted; bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover with the lid slightly ajar.
Chop parsley. Put WW spaghetti in when the water boils. Two minutes before it’s done, scoop a half cup or so of pasta water and add it to the skillet with the parsley and zucchini and five or six leaves of blanched kale, coarsely chopped; stir well, test for salt, and cook over medium heat while you drain the spaghetti.
Stir mushrooms into the sauce, add the noodles and some freshly ground pepper; toss, cover, and cook over low heat for 2 minutes, tossing it all again after 1 minute. Serve with grated parmesan.
I can put this one-dish dinner on the table in 30 minutes; cleanup takes less than 10. To keep this app from crashing, I’ll put the cheat codes in the comments. ;o)
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