Before I went away to college, I was fairly hopeless when it came to cooking. No joke, I had to ask my mom how to boil an egg. Safe to say that the kitchen was not my domain.
For my Junior year, I moved off campus and into an apartment with an actual kitchen. Gone were my days of dining hall food, only to be replaced by my concoctions. Not everything was a success, which is weird since the majority of my meals were pre-made items that you only had to add a few ingredients (like pancakes or those Knorr (Lipton) side dishes). Like I said, I was not a natural-born chef.
The year I moved off campus was also the year Joe and I got together. He and I ended up cooking together often (which is one reason why I ended up being a decent cook). This was also the year I got my first cookbook: Everyday Italian by Giada De Laurentiis (which is the other reason why I got it together in the kitchen).
One of our favorite recipes from the book was the farfalle with turkey sausage, peas, and mushrooms – which you can check out here. I highly recommend it. Not only is it delicious, but it’s a quick and easy meal to make that’ll give you plenty of leftovers.
Sadly, I won’t eat this anymore since I don’t eat turkey but the other night, Joe was able to create something very similar. Instead of using sausage, he used tofu ricotta (recipe found here). I loved it so much that I ate it for dinner, brought some in for lunch, and ate the rest at dinner.
If you’re interested in making the vegan version, it’s pretty simple. All you need to do is chop the mushrooms and cook them in olive oil until the water has evaporated, add the frozen peas and let them cook together. When that’s done, add the tofu ricotta mix in and then mix it in with the cooked pasta.
Next time, Joe and I are going to play around with different seasonings, like fennel, in hopes of giving it the same flavor as the original recipe. Either way, it’s nice being able to add a
new updated recipe to our repertoire.
Have you played around with recipes as your tastes change? And when did you learn your way around the kitchen??