The hard part of moving to any new area is finding things, like groceries, that are similar to what you used to get. While at Aldi last weekend, I bought a few experimental items and they ended up tasting GREAT: Priano Garlic Gourmet Pasta (made in Germany) and frozen mussels (Packaged in Scotland).

Priana Pasta
Mark and I have taken to buying "Amish Noodles" at Krogers because they are wider and have no strange extra ingredients. When I looked at the back of the Priana label, I was pleased to observe only two ingredients: Wheat and garlic. Better yet, these noodles are cheese-eep. We made the following dish with them and they were fabulous.

Recipe: BBQ Pork ad Asparagus Pasta

  • 1 package pasta
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 Ristra Red Pepper
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup wine
  • 4 teeth of garlic
  • 1/2 onion
  • 4 grilled pork chops, diced
  • 12 spikes of asparagus
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary

Set water to boil for pasta. Sautee diced onions, garlic, rosemary, pepper. Add 1/4 cup wine. Simmer for about 2 minutes. Pour in pork bits and tomato sauce.

While this is happening, the water will boil, put in pasta.

Add Spaghetti sauce to the tomato mix. Add Cut up asparagus to the boiling pasta when it is about 2 minutes from completion.

Strain pasta and asparagus when done and mix with sauce. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the top.

For $2.50 you get enough mussels for two people to eat as an appetizer, or enough for 4 servings of mussel pasta.

I just bought 8 boxes for my freezer...