Kitchen Creations

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Ode to Pat & Oscar's

Okay, there are a few things I miss about living in Southern California, along with some dear friends and family, those things include Rubio's and Pat & Oscar's.  I can't make fish tacos and don't even want to try at this point, but I have been trying my hand at recreating the bread sticks and pasta dishes at Pat & Oscar's.  They have a delicious pasta called "Mato-Fredo" there that combines their marinara pasta sauce with their alfredo sauce.  It makes me hungry just typing this!!!  Well, I decided to get going on a copy-cat version of my own.  It turned out pretty darn good!  I call it, "Spi-mato-fredo" because I added spinach to the dish as well.  It's been given the official  "stamp of approval" from my amazing friend Stacy, who generally makes me feel like the most fantastic cook ever placed in a kitchen!  To top it all off, this dish is EASY!!!  So if you are looking for a quick, hot and satisfying meal to make for your family, you've got it in this recipe!  If you have to have meat for dinner in order to feel like it's really dinner, chicken is a wonderful addition to this dish!

Enjoy the extra time with the family this easy recipe will give you!

1 box of your favorite pasta
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium sweet onion (optional - but we like onions at our house), finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 jar/can of your favorite pasta sauce (or you can make your own, but that would defeat the purpose of the quick & easy part of this recipe. :))
1 jar of your favorite alfredo sauce (again, you can make your own, but if you're going for quick and easy...)
1 bunch of fresh spinach (washed with stems removed) or a box of frozen spinach
Parmesan Cheese for garnish

1.)  Prepare pasta according to the box directions
2.)  In a seperate pan, heat olive oil and saute onions until tender, add garlic for the last minute.
3.)  Add pasta sauce & alfredo sauce and heat through
4.)  Add spinach and heat until spinach is soft
5.)  Mix pasta with sauce & garnish with parmesan!

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1 comment:

  1. Sounds tasty and will have to try it. By the way we also missed Rubios and our Tuesday dollar fish tacos. I have become quite an expert according to my family at making them and they even have said that they are even better than Rubios. If you want the info on how I make them let me know.