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This is another crazy easy one & holy fuck is it delicious! It really tastes like a Bloody Mary!
I used vodka in it – but you need not. I used faux chicken but you could lose that & this would still be great. Or use real chicken, if you are an inveterate & degenerate meat-eater. 🙂
My life lately has been just a serious of challenges & losses & disappointments & scares & expenses & all sorts of hurt. Sometimes, a good kick-ass anthem or some overt badassery can cheer you up. Today, this total queen of fucking badassitude – Mojo Juju (an amazing musician herself):
turned me onto a friend of hers & this song is really hitting the spot for me – so I share it now.
Yeah – that in a loop and a bottle of wine & I might make it to tomorrow. Maybe I will go online and get myself an outfit like that & let the world know I am not to be fucked with! An outfit & some attitude can go a long way. Seriously. Here I am at 15 years old. Would YOU fuck with HER? Now add that it was 1980 & folks were still wearing prairie dresses & had feathered hair. I was fucking BAD ASS! I really need to reclaim my inner cool factor.
In the meantime – I am going to be living on this Bloody Mary Pasta I made because it is enough to feed 6 and I live alone. But I am OK with that because this is one delicious meal!
One-Pot Spicy Bloody Mary Pasta with Chicken (Vegan)
Serves 6 – unless everyone is STARVING
1 lb uncooked pasta of your choice
9 oz faux chicken – cubed
2-3 TBS olive oil
4 garlic cloves – chopped
4 ORGANIC celery stalks (as celery is one of the dirty dozen) – diced
2 oz vodka (optional)
1 cup Spicy Bloody Mary mix – or tomato juice
1 (28 oz) can diced or crushed tomatoes
2 TBS sriracha (or to taste)
1 TBS vegan Worcestershire sauce (or regular – if you are not vegan) – (optional)
1 TBS prepared horseradish
Hot sauce – a few shakes
S&P to taste
2 cups or so of water
Basil and/or parsley – chopped as garnish
Heat the olive oil in a pot large enough to hold the cooked pasta & sauce. I used that huge blue sucker you see above. Ignore the peppers that are roasting in that shot. They are not for this recipe.
So – over med-high – heat the olive oil & saute the celery until soft. 3 minutes or so. Add the chicken & garlic & stir for 30 seconds.
Add the vodka if using. Cook it for 30 seconds & then add the Bloody Mary Mix & the tomatoes. If not using vodka – jump right to the Bloody Mary mix & the tomatoes. Stir for a few minutes & then add sriracha, Worcestershire, horseradish & hot sauce. Bring to a boil & then lower heat to medium & simmer until it begins to thicken just a bit.
Season with S&P and add the pasta & 2 cups of water. Bring back to a boil. Stir it a bit so the pasta doesn’t stick. Lower heat to medium & cover & simmer for as long as the pasta directions suggested. You need to watch this & stir occasionally. If it gets too thick, add more water. When the pasta is done (and it might take longer than the package suggested) – either cook it more to thicken it or add water to thin it – just to bring it to the consistency you prefer.
Then just serve that shit up with some basil and/or parsley and a bottle or two of the AWESOME Rua Red Wine and consider just how badass you are already! Bon appetit!