For the first time in a few years, I was prepared for St. Patty’s Day. I actually bought my corned beef a week ahead of time because I knew that it wasn’t going to happen over the weekend. Well, we had a few crazy days last week and in desperation I threw the corned beef into the crock pot on Thursday. While corned beef is great for St. Patrick’s Day (or in our case a few days before), it is not very well liked the next day. It’s something about those spices, I just can’t do them less than a year apart.
So instead of cooking a traditional Irish meal today, I went with a Mexican theme today. After all…I do live in San Diego! After slow roasting the carnitas for a few hours, my husband informs me that he is not really hungry for tortillas and rice. Ummm ok. He clearly does not understand the cooking and preparation process. He then informed me that he was hungry for some pasta, and that’s how this deliciously creamy cilantro came about.
Although this sauce is creamy, it is extremely fresh tasting. The cilantro totally lightens the sauce up while the jalapeño gives it a slight kick. The best thing about this sauce is that it takes less than 20 minutes to make and have on the table! Perfect meal for busy nights! However, if you would like to add the carnitas as I did, there is a little more time involved, but so worth it too! I have a wonderful recipe here.