March 6, 2012

Easy Cheesy Thai Comfort Pasta

Everyone has those days when they need nurturing comfort food, but don't want to spend more time in the kitchen than on the couch. I recently had one of those days when the bi-polar California weather went from 78 and clear to 54 and rainy within 24 hours. I came up with a dish that combines the comforting flavors and texture of spaghetti with the ginger-y, peanut-y, and spicy flavors of Thai food. It really hit the spot.

But you know what? This dish would be great as a quick lunch or a party entree without the hassle. Although my recipe is made for 1 hungry hockey fan, you can easily scale the recipe up based on how many people you plan to serve.

Get this. It only takes 5-15 minutes before you're back on the couch and doing a 'Friends' DVD marathon. Don't believe me? I have proof after the break.

Easy Cheesy Thai Comfort Pasta

Cooking Time: 5 minutes (if using leftover pasta), 15 minutes (if cooking pasta to order)
Yield: 1 hungry person

1½ cup spaghetti (cooked)
1½-2 tbsp tomato paste
1½-2 tbsp Trader Joe's Thai curry red sauce (or any brand, usually found on ethnic aisle)
1-1½ tsp sriracha sauce
1 tbsp water
(to taste) pepper jack cheese
(garnish) scallion, thinly sliced

1) Bring a sautee pan up to medium-low heat

2) Add cooked pasta, tomato paste, thai curry sauce, water, and sriracha sauce to pan. Stir throughly until heated to desired temperature.

3) Transfer pasta to a bowl and top with pepper jack cheese. You can add thinly sliced scallions and a few more drops of sriracha as garnish. If you have them, chopped peanuts would also be a great garnish that adds some crunch.