Gourmet Motel Room Pasta


People tell me all the time they can’t cook because they don’t have the right tools or the time or inspiration. In a small Econolodge motel room, I managed to find all three: tools (a plug-in electric skillet and plasticware), time (about 15 mins) and inspiration (ingredients from a local farmer’s market and Trader Joe’s). So here it is, my motel room pasta: Pappardelle with farm-fresh pork sausage, garlic scapes, spring onions, and goat cheese.

Here are my ingredients. I had never tried garlic scapes before, so it was exciting to try something new. And the farmer who sold me this pork sausage did just that — sold me on it — berkshire pork, deliciously-seasoned. He let me try a piece at the farmer’s market. (Notice the ingredients are on the vanity counter.)

pasta ingredients

I began by boiling water in the skillet to cook the pasta.

boiling water

The pasta was fresh, so it cooked quickly. I drained the pasta by scooping it out with a plastic fork. I placed the cooked pasta back on the tray it came in. I reserved some of the cooking liquid to make a sauce.

cooked pasta

Next, I put the chopped onions and garlic scapes in the skillet with the pork (about 10 ounces).

cooked pork

When the pork and veggies were cooked, I tossed the pappardelle in along with about 3 ounces of herbed goat cheese.

cooked pasta

For the adult servings, I chopped some sweet & spicy pecans from Trader Joe’s and sprinkled them on top for a little crunch!pappardelle with pork

The result? Awesome! Do you ever cook on vacations? In a motel room? Campfire? Small burner?

About Carrie Wells, Ed.D.

Dr. Carrie Wells is a college instructor, blogger, wife, and work-at-home mother to two children, Lydia {age 8} and Bryce {age 6}. Carrie earned her doctorate in Special Education in 2008. After becoming a mother in 2009, Carrie began blogging as Huppie Mama to share her passions for cooking, crafting, beautifying, and her family. In 2016, she rebranded as Our Potluck Family, and her husband Richard became a regular contributor.

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2 Responses to Gourmet Motel Room Pasta

  1. Annette says:

    Looks great….For years our kitchen range was broken and we made EVERYTHING in an electric skillet. I just bought an electric skillet in preperation of my kitchen renovation….hope that you kids are having a good time…

  2. Charisma says:

    Very smart Carrie! I’m going to have to remember this for our next vacation!

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