One day, I wanted to try making a pasta carbonara, but when I searched for recipes, I realized it was made with a raw egg – kind of scary. So, I decided to create a combination of two different recipes. I would use the tortellini and bacon from the pasta carbonara recipe with the sauce from our favorite meal – Spicy Shrimp Penne.
So there’s the story of how Sweet & Spicy Tortellini was invented.
20oz package Buitoni 3 cheese tortellini
1/2 cup olive oil
1 packet of soy sauce
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. red pepper
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
3 slices of bacon
1 tbsp. Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. parsley
Heat oven to 400 degrees
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil
Put bacon slices on the baking sheet and cook in oven for 15 minutes
Boil pasta on the stove (be sure to add a sprinkle of salt and a tsp. of oil so it doesn’t stick) Pasta usually takes about 10 minutes on medium-high and tortellini will float to the top as it finishes cooking
While pasta and bacon are cooking, mix together in a bowl olive oil, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic powder, red pepper, and parmesan cheese
Pour the sauce mixture into a large skillet and heat to medium long enough for the cheese to melt. Turn the heat down to simmer
Once pasta is done cooking, drain it and add it to the large skillet with the sauce. Toss the pasta to make sure it is coated in sauce
Once bacon is crispy take it out of the oven, let it cool, then pat it with paper towels to remove the grease.
Put pasta on plates to serve
Crumble bacon and sprinkle parmesan cheese and parsley to top the pasta
Pour a couple of glasses of wine and enjoy!
Linking up with The Blended Blog for Tasty Tuesday
Welcome to the third Friday in February! Here’s a recap of my favorite parts of the week.
This chicken recipe falls into the Semi-Homemade category because it uses the pre-cooked Tyson chicken strips. The sauce is pretty easy to make with a few simple ingredients. I pinned this on my Restaurant At Home board, because they are a close copy-cat to Chili’s Honey Chipotle Chicken Crispers.
For Valentine’s weekend I cooked brunch using a cast-iron skillet (a wedding present) for the first time. These breakfast potatoes were pretty easy – I like making recipes that don’t require lots of ingredients and use what I already have in the kitchen. I think the key to these potatoes is adding enough olive oil in the beginning and watching carefully so that the bacon doesn’t burn. I also made this recipe again too – it may be becoming a favorite.
This week I started reading The Mothers by Brit Bennett. I had seen it on a couple of other blogs (it’s a very colorful and photogenic book cover) and it was in the Quarterly Literary Subscription box recently. So far I can see why this book is so popular – there’s no boring lead-in or build up – the action starts immediately. I read 4 chapters in one night!
Photo Credit: Quarterly
One of the besties gave me this Coach Love perfume sample in my Christmas gift. Coach is one of my favorite brands. The scent is floral without being too young and girly and it fits the romantic spirit of February.
Although we didn’t get to spend the actual holiday together – I’ll be making Strawberry Lime Margaritas with my sister as a toast to Galentine’s Day. I would love to have a party like this to celebrate one year….
Cheers to the Weekend!
I enjoyed reading several bloggers’ year in review posts at the end of 2016, and I wish I had written one too because I had so many fun and exciting adventures during the year. Also, I liked that the recaps focused on the happy events.
As a way to generate positivity, sometimes Style and Savings will have a Friday Faves post to look back on good things (big or small) that happened during the week.
Monday was an extension of the weekend – we were fortunate enough to have the day off in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Happy MLK Day! Repost from @12monthssoaps ・・・ This January we're celebrating Martin Luther King Jr Day with his favorite dessert! "King" is a gold-stamped soap that smells like a warm, buttery pecan pie. Check it out this evening at 12monthssoaps.com! #mlkjrday #mlkday #shopsmall #smallbusiness #blackownedbusiness #dayofservice
Dress Barn Clearance
Photo Credit: Dress Barn
After the closing of The Limited 😦 I found myself in Dress Barn looking for a professional style dress. I found this Calvin Klein A-line dress for 50% off at Dress Barn. The Dress Barn original price was $59.50 and other retailers sell it for as much as $89.98. The price variation on the exact same dress is crazy! Read about it here
Sheet Pan Fajitas
I found a Pinterest Win! I have already made this recipe twice: once with shrimp and once with chicken. This was a easy clean up way to make fajitas. The seasoning & lime juice & cooking time were perfect.
Tortilla chips dipped in Target’s Archer Farms Spicy Pico & Guacamole were a good side to the fajitas.I was hesitant to buy it since I didn’t know if I liked them together in the same container. I’m glad I tried it – It’s so good!
Hope you had a good week – Happy Friday!
Those of you who are familiar with Pinterest know that not every DIY or recipe you try turns out looking like the photo.
After experiencing my own #pinterestfail or two lately, I created a board called “Pinterest Trial & Error” where I can post notes on what went wrong and/or how I think the instructions can be improved.
What’s your funniest pinterest fail?
Update 12.27.16 – I just discovered the check-mark feature where Pinterest users can indicate that they tried the pin, then rate and share tips. Check out my other boards for even more feedback.
Last month, I was invited to “Brunch with Inspiring Ladies” and had the opportunity to be featured on the AMPsConnected podcast.
AMPsConnected was started by my friend Lexi in July of 2015 and her mission is to travel and connect with artists. I honestly wasn’t very familiar with podcasts until she told me about it, but now I am a subscriber!
Lexi enjoys visiting new places and having conversations with interesting people and sees the podcast as a platform for up and coming artists to share their art with others
The term artist covers all different forms of art including : singing, acting, writing, poetry, and giving back to the community by being lovely, educated & talented.
After having a delicious brunch of comfort foods: (Mac & Cheese, Veronica’s cheesy grits, biscuits, fruit, shrimp etouffe pie, red beans & rice, salad) and drinks: mimosas and sweet tea, we were ready to record.
Lexi has a beautiful singing and speaking voice. I was nervous about how I would sound, but being in a group helped (there were 8 of us). Once we started talking it was easier to relax, be myself and be more aware of the ladies in the room with me than of Lexi’s iphone recording us.
Each of the ladies in the room has an interesting specialty to share:
Jean – Teaching Sociology, Race & Ethnicity in France
Natasha – Teaching Psychology, Co-organizing Black Professionals group
Brittney – Local news reporting
Aria – Studying as grad student, Organizing poetry slams
Veronica – Career Consulting
Ebony – Singing, Being a mom to 3 kids, featured on a previous episode
Nana – Researching nutrition & obesity, Running
Getting together with friends for good food and conversation is always fun and this was a great way to get to know more about each other’s interests and to send Lexi off on her next adventure!
Listen to AMPs Connected and let us know what you think in the comments
What’s your favorite podcast?
Linking up with The Grits Blog and XOXO Rebecca, The Crazy Organized Blog
A couple weekends ago, my friend Lexi hosted brunch for a group of friends before she left for New York.
The theme was “Brunch with Inspring Ladies” and Lexi wanted us all to feel comfortable and open to conversation (we were recording an episode of her podcast, AMPsConnected!….more details to come), so she asked everyone to bring a comfort food. I brought my beloved mac and cheese because it gets rave reviews and is one of the few recipes I know…. I’m learning.
Lexi is a world-traveler, but Lousiana is her home and she enjoys southern-style food. She made shrimp etouffe pie, and red beans and rice and Veronica brought her Cheesy Grits.
Although we’re from the mid-west, I grew up seeing my family eat grits, but honestly I never wanted to try them, because of the consistency.
When I saw how nicely Veronica’s grits baked and cut into solid square servings, I thought I would give them a try. The cheese, green onions & (the best part) REAL bacon bits were also a selling point!
Veronica was nice enough to share her mom’s recipe with Style and Savings readers: