Thursday, August 30, 2012

Rigatoni with Chicken, Okra, and Cucumber

It becomes inherently more noticeable how much food I eat during the summer. During the school year, I eat three times a day because I only have so much time.  Now that most of my days consist of staying at home and studying, food has become so much more accessible. Instead of having to suffer a grumbling stomach in class, I can just go downstairs whenever I want to fix myself something to eat. Of course, this blessing is also a curse. I’ve pretty much resorted to eating every three hours due to boredom.

Occasionally, hunger overrides boredom and I cook because I’m hungry.  After my mom and I went out to practice driving, we came home famished and exhausted. Lunch, we decided, would be quick and simple. My mom began to pull vegetables out of the refrigerator as I selected a box of rigatoni from the pantry.

This pasta dish is what I like to call of the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink variety. We used up all the random, leftover vegetables—a handful of snowpeas, a lone bell pepper, a few shallots, a cucumber, and some okra. I sliced the vegetables (to match the shape of the pasta) while my mom sliced a chicken breast and sautéed it. Then she pan-fried the vegetables and added the cooked pasta. Some cooking water and a few spoonfuls of grated parmesan cheese were added to create a sauce.


  1. Simple and delicious. Sometimes that's the best!

  2. I have the exact same problem. I just moved into a new apartment and my kitchen is SO convenient. I'm looking forward to the school year starting so I can get back into a normal routine. I love your kitchen sink pasta!

  3. The best can be so simple my friend :D
    Great post!

    Choc Chip Uru

  4. I had this kind of dish last night! Without the okra, though. I would love to try okra one of these days.

  5. I must say, your kitchen sink random veggies was what i thought "oh my god, such a creative combination!". But you have just given me the perfect idea, and i must say thank you :D

  6. Nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award :)
    Link to nomination is here:


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