Girls Dinner In!

After the chorizo, chicken and unseen beef that was consumed this week, tonight all I was in the mood for was a meat-free meal!

Lucky for me, lil’ sis agreed to come over and have a girls’ dinner in with me – she appreciates a meatless meal (and beans!) as much as I do 🙂

And don’t worry – The Man had plenty of chicken wings, nachos, etc. while watching football with his buddies – he def didn’t starve 😉

So I set out to make us a healthy, veggie filled dish!

Veggie and White Bean Pasta & “Better Than Fries” Roasted Broccoli

First up, the pasta sauce.

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 bag frozen squash
  • 1 can San Marzano crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can white beans, drained
  • fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • sea salt & black pepper to taste
  • *edited to add* there was a splash of white wine & shake of red pepper flakes also involved towards the end!

I normally don’t like to buy canned tomatoes, however these San Marzanos appeared at Whole Foods a few weeks back and I’ve never had them before *shock!* so I had to go for it.

So worth it.

Also, in case you didn’t know, fresh basil freezes wonderfully for later use in cooked dishes.  This is from our basil plant this past summer and the flavor is still spot on!

This was definitely a throw together kind of meal.  A great one to use up some odds n’ ends in the pantry too!

Onion, garlic and squash.

Tomatoes, basil, oregano, salt, pepper and beans.

Plus some water to thin it out. 

The sauce cooked away while lil’ sis and I drank away had some time for girl talk 😀

And prepared the roasted broccoli…

Garlic infused olive oil.  Seriously amazing.

I used frozen broccoli this time around, drizzled with the garlic olive oil plus some sea salt and black pepper. Into a 425F oven for about 20 minutes (one flip in between) and you will have an amazing veggie side dish on your hands.

Lil’ sis proclaimed this broccoli to be “better than french fries”….

And if you knew of her deep love for fried taters then you would know how serious this was!

We served the veggie bean sauce over some thin spaghetti too – plus a topping of Parm cheese for moi 🙂

Deelish deelish deelish.

Now it’s movie time!  Anyone seen Knight and Day before?  Hope it’s good 😛


4 responses to “Girls Dinner In!

  1. Such a great meal. I love sneaking extra veggies into pasta dishes and the beans add some great protein. Hope you two had fun ! I haven’t seen that movie. We watched grown ups last night- it was pretty good

  2. The broccoli sounds really good, especially if it’s better than french fries!

  3. What a fun sister dinner! That olive oil looks/sounds AMAZING. I heart garlic so very much. Would you believe I’ve never roasted broccoli before??? I need to try it the CookinFanatic way!

  4. That looks delicious! I love a good meatless meal 🙂

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