When the cat's away...

When the cat's away, the mouse will..... cook pasta.

Remember when I mentioned I'm a lucky girl because I've got a guy that regularly cooks me healthy, tasty meals? Well, this healthy guy also isn't the biggest fan of pasta, so we rarely eat it. I'm lucky, sure, but pasta is one of my favorite foods - one mention of the word "pasta" and I'm drooling all over myself like one of Pavlov's dogs.

That being said, whenever Eric has to be out of town on business, I use the opportunity to treat myself to a new pasta dish. I don't like when he leaves, but the promise of delicious meal of pasta softens the blow ever so slightly. Eric just happens to be down in Myrtle Beach for work (I know... poor baby), so it was "all carbs ahead" for me.

Just how did I treat myself tonight? With linguine in clam sauce.

Wow, was this ever good. Whole-wheat linguine drenched in a light sauce of butter, sauteed garlic and clam juice (I promise it's better than it sounds). Topped with parmesan cheese, chopped parsley and red pepper flakes, I was in noodle heaven. As you can see, that's an awfully large plate of pasta. About halfway through I started feeling pretty full, but it was so good I just couldn't stop. I wolfed down the entire plate, and am currently paying the price. Thank goodness for stretchy pants. But, oh, was it worth it.

I spotted this dish in my new favorite cookbook, and while I tweaked it somewhat, the results were still spectacular.

Do you know the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie? Well, if you give this mouse a plate of pasta, she's probably going to sip on a glass or two of 2-Buck Chuck. 

Because, of course, she is a classy mouse.

*squeak squeak!*

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