Girl’s Night

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Dear Jess,

It was so amazing to be able to hang out with you and Jesse last weekend. Jason and I had an amazing time, and concur with Jesse when he says ‘I wish they lived closer.’ You and I are tremendously blessed with each other. I can’t wait to see where the next few years take us!

Tonight’s dinner came from a few things. I was sitting at the office thinking of what to make for a ‘girl’s night’ dinner with my friend Alicia. We hadn’t had a night with just us in far too long, and she has this adorable, cozy apartment where we planned to snuggled down and watch the first disc of the first season of Friends.

You know those recipes in the BBC Good Food Magazines where they only use 5 ingredients to make a delicious, healthy dinner? I absolutely love that. So, I thought back to what is in my pantry and got really excited when I remembered that I have two huge Costco jars full of Sun-dried Tomatoes! I Googled Sun-dried Tomatoes and found this website devoted entirely to this simple, little, tasty treat.

This recipe was adapted from a simple pasta dish they had. I just added one or two things. The combination of the Sausage, Sun-dried Tomatoes and Basil is mind blowing. It leaves you extremely satisfied, and excited for leftovers the next day.

Sun-dried Tomato Pasta
(serves 3-4)
2tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3/4 package whole wheat spaghetti
2 Italian Sausages
7-10 large sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
1/2 large container of spinach
3 cloves garlic, minced
fresh basil
Parmesan cheese

1. Cook pasta according to the box instructions. In the last minute, dump in all your spinach to blanch. Strain.

2. Meanwhile, take sausage out of its casing. Break up in a skillet on medium to medium/high heat. Cook until no longer pink.

3. Add Sausage, Sun-dried tomatoes, Garlic, Basil and Parmesan Cheese to the noodels and spinach. If you find it is too dry, add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

4. Serve!

I am very excited to hear what opportunities come your way in the next few months. You are always in my prayers. I love you, and can’t wait for our next get-together!


So much Love,
Sally Sumber http://lovelettersinapan.blogspot.com/

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