Thanksgiving is in 4 days. This means I’m crazy busy with prep work: making pie dough, roasting squash for butternut squash soup, running back and forth from the grocery store because I always underestimate the amount of heavy cream I need. It also means I don’t have any time to cook anything that won’t be served on Thursday. But I still need to eat. And preferably something that’s not Thanksgiving-y.
Pasta with a quick marinara sauce is the perfect pre- or post-Thanksgiving meal. It’s fast and easy, I’m always craving it, it won’t add too many dishes to the pile mounting in the sink and it doesn’t compete with the foods I’ll be eating too much of in a few days — stuffing and green beans and sweet potatoes. And while I might be out of heavy cream, I’m always stocked up on cans of tomatoes and dry pasta.