Snowy Night Pasta Dinner


pasta dinner

Grocery shopping on an empty stomach.

Pasta sample smells delicious.

Out of this world fantastic tasting dish white paper cup and mini fork notwithstanding.

Lady cooking on hotplate says sausage very fresh. Just made in the back a few minutes ago.

Have never bought sausage in my life, but throw three in cart anyway.

How many are you? Asks Hotplate.


You may need another three. Also, here are the sundried tomatoes for the recipe.

(I hate sundried tomatoes.)

Sundried tomatoes go into cart.

And, you may be thinking you can use any ol’ pasta you have.

Crystal ball and pasta recipes? Huh. I’m impressed. Yes, that’s exactly what I was thinking.

Hotplate shrugs. Yeah, No. You really need to use this linguini. And, if you don’t like wine, you can use chicken broth instead.

Linguini goes into cart. So does chicken broth.

(36 hours elapse.)

Freezing, snowy and dark.

Two teenagers entering exams and third kid also hungry.

Will make pasta dinner and chocolate chip cookies and house will smell so good when everyone gets home.

(True, this is not the kale-laden agave quinoa recipe we have grown to love. I blame the Hotplate lady.)

Take out all ingredients for pasta dish.

Wait a second where is the recipe?

Could have sworn I took the recipe from Hotplate.

Look up, down, in car, nothing.

Grocery website recipe of the week. Beet soup. Um, no.

Look on French website. (We are in Montreal.). Ragoût de poisson à la Marocaine (Morrocan fish stew, I’m not even kidding).

Call Grocery.

Funny story. Was in your store on the weekend, blah blah sample, blah blah pasta, need the recipe.

I’m sorry, we don’t have it.

You don’t have it?

No. We don’t keep records of what recipes we give out in our store.


Well. Maybe someone here knows. Hold on a sec? K, nope. Maybe you can just, like be creative.

Thanks anyway.

Look online, punching in possible combinations of ingredients purchased and find one recipe with cream (no), one with artichokes (yum) and one with green onions (possibly).

Combine best elements of all of the above to bring you:

Snowy Night Pre-Exam Pasta Dinner (Serves 5 Hungry People with Leftovers for 2 Lunches)


500g tomato flavored linguini
6 fresh spicy Italian sausages
½ package of sundried tomatoes, dry (or drain oil), sliced thinly
4 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
½ onion, diced
3-4 green onions, chopped
1 can artichoke hearts drained and chopped
Approx. 1 cup vegetable or chicken broth in box, organic preferred
Parmesan cheese (real cheese, do not put that green jar anywhere near me)

How To:

  1. Take casing off sausage and brown in frypan. Break it up with a fork or spatula. Drain and put aside.
  2. Use same pan to brown garlic, onion, green onions and artichoke hearts.
  3. Add sundried tomatoes and broth. Boil until broth almost gone.
  4. Boil and drain pasta. Don’t rinse.
  5. Mix browned sausage, onion mix and pasta in large bowl with generous amount of parmesan cheese. Salt and pepper to taste.

Complaint Tie-Ins:

  1. Do not grocery shop on an empty stomach because not only may you possibly buy extra items, you also may misplace an important recipe.
  2. On the other hand, if you do grocery shop when hungry you may end up trying Hotplate sample, be talked into buying all kinds of ingredients and then have something beyond delish to cook for your family.
  3. Sundried tomatoes not as bad as I thought. Sometimes a second chance is not a mistake.

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Amy Fish is a Canadian who writes about complaining. She is the author of the non-fiction book The Art of Complaining Effectively. Amy has been interviewed on national and local television and radio as a complaints expert, and as a writer. Her work has been published in  Reader’s Digest and the Globe and Mail (Canada’s national newspaper) and she has won writing prizes from both Writer’s Digest and the Quebec Writer’s Federation. Amy loves to spread the gospel of complaining effectively and has appeared as a keynote speaker at conferences, professional meetings and garage door openings. Visit Amy online at

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