Scary Storms & Spicy Pasta Bakes

Wow friends, I sure am happy that it’s Friday!! Smiley

And also that this past Thursday is over…

Richmond got slammed with one of the worst storms I’ve seen in a long time yesterday.

Right before rush hour it rolled in and left very shortly after that, but not without some major damage to the entire metro area.

There were trees down everywhere, the roads, on houses you name it.  The power was out for 45,000 people, including the office building that I work in.

It took me over 30 minutes to get home, which is a drive of about 2 miles.

The roads were full of debris, traffic lights were out on major roads causing utter chaos…

And fires also broke out around town including one within walking distance of our house *scary*

Let’s just say that this “little storm” definitely left some tornado-like damage in it’s path, and was of the worst I’ve seen since living here in a long time.

Prayers go out to all the folks who had damage done to their cars, houses, etc. and I’m just thankful that everyone is okay!

Well after that stressful end to the day, it was time for an easy and comforting dinner.

Spicy Pepperoni Pasta Bake

  • angel hair pasta
  • Newman’s Own Sockarooni sauce (one of the best!)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • pepperoni, quartered
  • Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • Parm, shredded
  • S&P
  • EVOO
  • fresh basil

I first cooked the onion in about 1 tsp EVOO until tender (season w/ S&P), adding the garlic towards the end.

While that was going I gave the noodles a quick boil & drained once done.

I also got the pepperoni & basil chopped and the cheeses grated.

Then all that was left to do was stir everything together (except cheeses), including the sauce.

Put into a baking dish.

Top with lotsa shredded cheese

And bake for 10 minutes at 375F until everything is melted!

His and hers side salad w/ romaine, tomato, cucumber, onion, oregano, S&P, balsamic, EVOO to round out the meal.

And voilà!  Dinner is served Smiley

Loved this simple, easy dinner and The Man was pretty happy about it too!  The spicy Monterey Jack cheese really added a nice “kick” to the dish and the pepperoni was a fun addition as well.

And with that, I’m off… fun plans for tonight and I’m ready to get outta this cubicle!

HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE!

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4 responses to “Scary Storms & Spicy Pasta Bakes

  1. Oh my goodness, how scary! That is some crazy damage. I’m glad you’re safe and doing well. Tornadoes and storms scare me so bad. I would need a comforting meal after all of that too. Your pasta bake looks delicious!!

    Happy Friday!! Have fun tonight!! 🙂

  2. Love the Zoo Animals paper plate ❤ Glad everything is ok and you didn't have to miss the Jersey Shore premiere. GTL!

  3. So glad to hear you’re ok! How scary. Pasta bakes are the best- especially after a day like that. Hope your weekend is relaxing

  4. lowandbhold

    Gosh, glad you were okay! This has been a crazy weather year and it just keeps coming! Scary.

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