penne bake


whole wheat penne pasta (in a cream sauce) with chicken, sun-dried tomatoes and spinach

one pot wonder that is magical, flavorful, and delectable.


¾ box whole wheat penne pasta 

1 lb chicken breast, cut into large chunks 

2 tbsp minced garlic 

2 tbsp olive oil

1 jar sun-dried tomatoes (in oil) 

2 cups spinach

½ cup + 2 tbsp cup heavy cream

A little of the starchy cooking water from the pasta

2 tsp cornstarch

Seasoning mix of red chili flakes, Italian seasoning, paprika, salt, pepper, dried basil, and parsley 

1/3 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano (Parmesan cheese)


In a large pot, boil water (salt it) and cook pasta to package instructions (usually 8 minutes or so until al dente)

In a deep skillet with high sides, heat the olive oil over medium high heat.

When the oil comes to temperature, add in the chicken and garlic, season, and cook until the chicken begins to turn light brown.

Once the chicken is partially cooked, add in the sun-dried tomatoes and oil and reduce the heat to medium low. Let the chicken and tomatoes cook for a few minutes

At this point, the pasta should be close to completion. Drain the pasta and reserve about ½ cup of the cooking water

Once the tomatoes have developed a little more color (darkened), add in the spinach and cover with a lid and let it wilt.

Once the spinach has wilted, add in the heavy cream, cornstarch, and cooking water. Let the sauce thicken over the course of a few minutes.

Once the sauce has thickened, add in the pasta, stir so that the sauce coats each noodle

Garnish with red pepper flakes and fresh grates Parmigiano Reggiano and serve



Rigatoni & Sunday Sauce 

On Monday, I had a little time to get a bit of cooking done, and I decided that I wanted it to be a labor of love. I’ve posted my Sunday Sauce recipe before, but I will post it once again. I served it over some rigatoni, and this made for a great dinner, and amazing leftovers. I do apologize for not posting as frequently, but I have been going through a bit of a rough patch, so please keep me in your good thoughts! I’ll be back posting soon. 

Ingredients for Sunday Sauce

2 ½ cans of whole, peeled San Marzano tomatoes

1 large yellow onion, diced

1 lb ground beef

½ lb ground turkey

½ lb ground sirloin

1 lb Italian sausage, removed from casing

4 cloves garlic, minced

¾ cup red wine

Freshly minced parsley and basil

Olive oil

Red pepper flakes

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions for Sunday Sauce

In a food processor, pulse the tomatoes until they are completely broken down, with few chunks

In a large pot, heat a few tbsp of olive oil over medium heat.

Add in the ground meat and cook until browned. Season with salt and pepper.

Once all of the ground meat has browned, remove from the pot and set aside.

Repeat the above steps with the Italian sausage and set aside.

Add in the onion and cook for a few minutes until it begins to develop color, about 5 minutes. If needed, add a tbsp of oil into the pot so that the onions do not scorch.

Add in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.

Before adding the meat, deglaze the pan with the red wine, being sure to scrape the fond (brown bits) from the bottom, if any.

Add in the meat and cook for 2 minutes.

Add in the tomatoes, season generously with salt and pepper and red pepper flakes.

Bring the sauce to a boil and let boil for 3 minutes.

Reduce the heat to a low simmer and partially cover with a lid and let simmer for 3.5 hours, stirring once every 25 minutes being sure to scrape the bottom.

When close to finished, season with salt and pepper if needed and add in fresh basil and parsley. Dried oregano would also be a nice touch here.



Vegan Chickpea Penne 

A quick recipe that I shared on my Instagram story a little over a week ago. I boiled some penne pasta, sautéed a good amount of veggies and chickpeas and tossed it in a hearty tomato sauce. This meal is 100% vegan and 100% delicious. 

Staten Island Gothic

•the roads are all but rubble. nary a street isn’t cracked from one side to the other. some of the potholes are so deep a fully grown man could fit inside them, and there have been reports of missing children and dogs around them
•"this weather’s terrible, huh?“ someone asks. that is the sentence you’ve been hearing all day. thinking back, you realize that you’ve been hearing it your whole life. in fact, you don’t recall ever being asked anything else. dark clouds loom overhead, threatening to blot out the scorching sun
•don’t go to the south shore. never go to the south shore. the people there are different, with strange ways; they bathe themself in spray tan and hair bleach, put up identical trump signs on their identical tiny lawns, and all the while smile with their twisted, toothy grins.
•you’re on the way to the mall with friends. the only mall here is mid-island. you dodge another speeder on the highway, narrowly avoiding a crash. how long have you been driving? nobody can say. you look over at your friends and see that they have grown old and wrinkled.
•you arrive at the potluck brunch to find that the only food there is pots and pots of baked ziti. you smile wisely, for you know that what you brought is far better. you go over to the food table and leave your pot of baked penne there for the people to enjoy
•the bus is 20 minutes late. this is normal. finally, you see your bus come around the corner. it speeds past you, the driver determined to not be caught. no matter. he can run, but he can’t hide.
•someone is calling your name. you have never seen this person in yur life. they tell you that you’ve been classmates since pre-school.
•you hesitate before entering a pizzaria. you consider the fact that you’ve been eating a lot of pizza lately. perhaps you should go somewhere else, like a mexican or chinese takeout place. you look down the street, only to find more pizzarias. you walk to a mainstreet and see that there are only pizzarias there, too. you walk for miles, climbing hills and slogging through ponds, yet it remains the same. you come to realize there is at least one pizzaria on each block.
•in a fit of rage, you rip down a Blue Lives Matter ribbon. you soon realize your mistake. the telephone post you tore it from is out of the bounds of your liberal neighborhood. you’re fair game for the republicans now.
•the weather is so humid you can barely breathe. moisture fills your house, your room, your lungs. vapor is condensing against your glasses, and the thermometer is up to 102 degrees. yesterday it was 42.
•you grew up hearing stories about the radioactive part of the island, where the government stored uranium during the manhattan project. according to some, the area is still emitting a good amount of radiation. when you drove by it last week you saw they were building houses.
•there are people who have never left the island. they are proud of this fact.
•you are visiting another state. someone asks you where you’re from. “New York,” you say. “Just New York.”

Recipe of the Day: Baked Penne with Roasted Vegetables
Listen, if you can chop veggies (yup) and boil water (yup), you can make Giada’s loaded baked pasta. This simple, jam-packed dish requires not much more than that, and it reaches extra-special heights in the oven.

Sans’ Sin Quest Masterpost

Since this will be quite a long story, I guess I ought to do this too! This work is also now available on AO3!

Chapter 3 on is beta read by @skeletonshitposts ! You can check out /tagged/ and any chapter # to see any relevant posts associated with that chapter, such as fanart, questions, etc.! (example: /tagged/1 will be about chapter 1).

  1. Hot Sauce Challenge, double burg on the side
  2. Blowing Up Breakfast, spider bake sale
  3. Crossroads, onion ring mayhem and caramel apple cheesecake utopia
  4. Lazy Karma, a butter crisis and precious cinnamon bun
  5. Funny Fatty Bone, eclairs, cake pops, ramen, oh my!
  6. The Big Experiment, massive milkshake binge
  7. Walls Between Us, new home mall’s food court
  8. Gaining Games, Breakfast sweets, cupcakes& cookies
  9. Wrangling the Goat Rodeo, cheesy penne bake & cafe lunch
  10. Resolution to be Round, sausage & mushroom omelette and bonus burg
  11. Stand Up, sushi, seafood, surprises and spooks 
  12. (not yet!)
9- Wrangling the Goat Rodeo, cheesy penne bake & cafe lunch

(( Thanks for your patience everyone!! It’s finally time for political vendettas and lunch with a Goat Mom! There aren’t many warnings this chapter besides Sans getting squeezed in a tight space and nausea / brief mention of bile.

Somebody’s gonna get dunked on.

You can find the compilation of Sans’ Sin Quest chapters linked in the sidebar of this blog under “Masterpost”! Also, our ko-fi donation widget is there too, just in case you want to feed an irl skele with your love & money. ♥

Other’s work mention- Cinnamon Cafe and the owner, Cinnabunny, is by @here-comes-the-sinmobile , Lalka is an OC of @Undxrtummies, and Maybelle, who was mentioned, is an OC of @sanscutetum ! Montana is actually the author’s OC. ))

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Recipe of the Day: Giada’s Baked Penne with Roasted Veggies        
Tossed with marinara sauce and cheese, her hearty pasta is loaded with colorful oven-roasted veggies like red peppers, squash, mushrooms and peas.