So, my new house has a dishwasher the size of a shoebox. It’s only temporary of course, because it looks like the kitchen remodel will be starting next month (eeeeeek!). But, as somebody who cooks and gets dishes dirty for a living, a teeny tiny dishwasher isn’t ideal. Since I can basically only fit two glasses, one plate and a spatula in there at one time, I’ve had to change the way I cook out of necessity (or suffer through marathon dish washing sessions).
Fewer dishes doesn’t have to mean less flavor. One of my favorite one-pot meals has always been a stir-fry with lots of colorful veggies and plenty of Asian flair. I love turning these stir-fries into lo mein-inspired pasta meals, which used to mean getting an extra pot dirty to boil the pasta. But Barilla must have had tiny dishwashers like mine in mind when they created their Pronto line.
Available in five varieties, Barilla Pronto is an innovative new line of pasta that allows busy home cooks to save a ton of time prepping and cleaning up meals. Simply place Barilla Pronto pasta in a pan, cover with cold water, and then cook on high heat until pasta is tender and water is absorbed, with no need to pre-boil or drain!
I was able to keep this meal to one pot + two bowls. I quickly pickled some cucumbers in a ginger pickling liquid, then set that aside in a bowl. Then, using one high-sided skillet, I sautéed my veggies – mushrooms, onion, green pepper, red pepper, carrots and celery – then transferred that to a plate. I added a box of Barilla Pronto Spaghetti to the same skillet, covered it with a mixture of beef broth and water and cooked until the pasta was perfectly al dente.
I tossed the pasta with a homemade spicy peanut sauce, then added my veggies back in. Then, it was time to transfer this glorious spicy peanut spaghetti stir-fry to some plates, top it with the tangy pickled cucumber and a sprinkle of peanuts, and dig in!
For the Ginger Pickled Cucumbers:
For the Spicy Peanut Spaghetti Stir-Fry:
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