Pasta w/ Sun Dried Tomatoes & Creamy Cheese Sauce

Yo, yo, you diggity yo! Right now I'm watching Sophie chase her own shadow {essentially}, she's actually running around crazy puppy style. In the background, I have E-TV on {which just happens to be what I was watching last night!}. The Kardashians are on. Do you watch that show? I used to like the Keeping Up with the Kardashian show, but I read something recently that has changed my opinion slightly. I read that Kris high suggests these girls create drama on screen to increase the ratings. Is that true? I mean, I thought reality television was actually reality.

I am totally dumbfounded that anything on the show could be staged.

Outrageous!

Hypocrisy!

I am totally appalled.

In all seriousness, I AM JOKING.

I am not that naïve, I promise. However, it did upset me to read some of the information regarding the Kardashian Empire… if that is what we’re calling what they have done.
What exactly have they done?

I guess it does not matter, I like watching the show to see what they are wearing, what blasphemous scandal they are caught up in and the way they relentlessly torture their greedy mom-manager.

Okay, let me move along.

I am sitting on our gigantic LoveSac with Pipsqueak squeezed in beside me while Sophie is chewing on all of his beloved rawhides; possessions he has not had to share for most of his life. He is not having a great time right now.

I am stressed out because he is having a rough time and, not to mention, the myriad other issues swirling around in my mind, including training this small yorkie heathen and the weight I have gained because I am eating everything in site.

God, please help me help myself.

Speaking of my weight gain, all I can do is sit here and think about what to make for dinner and all of the good stuff we have been eating this week. I think I have dinner under control, which is a relief {sort of}. Part of me thinks I need to fast to shed these couple of pounds. 

We had breakfast for dinner on Monday, you remember those Pancake Muffins stuffed with Bacon and Syrup, right? Go check them out if you missed the recipe! Tuesday we had this FANTASTIC pasta dish. Take a look at this Rigatoni with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Creamy Cheese Sauce!

Nutritional Information
Servings: about 15
Serving Size: about ½ cup
Calories: 294.6
Fat: 15.4 g
Carbohydrates: 28 g
Fiber: 2.4 g
Protein: 13.2 g
Points+: 8

Ingredients:

Recipe adapted from Very Best Baking 

  • 1 jar Sun Dried Tomatoes {Bruschetta}
  • 2 to 3 cups cheese blend, shredded
  • 1.5 cans Evaporated Milk
  • 1 box Rigatoni
  • ½ tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • ½ tablespoon Pepper
  • ½ tablespoon Italian Seasoning

Directions: 

  • Prepare pasta according to package directions, adding sun dried tomatoes to boiling pasta water for the last 2 minutes of cooking time, drain
  • Meanwhile, combine evaporated milk, cheese, basil, garlic powder and pepper in a medium saucepan.
  • Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until cheese is melted
  • Remove from heat
  • In a large bowl, combine the pasta, sundried tomatoes and the cheese sauce. Stir until well combined
  • ENJOY!

I whipped up some basic garlic toast to go with this meal, though the pasta is pretty heavy on its own.

I also made the ENTIRE box of pasta because I knew Nick needed lunch for the week. It makes a ton of servings – I would say about 14 or 15. If you do not need this much, just scale everything back by half. That should would perfectly!

Give this a try you won’t regret it!

xoxo ~ Mel