dinner

Light and easy Pasta

This is easily my go-to pasta recipe, which is cool because I came up with it on my own 😎 (My blog is @lavenderkc)

On a high-spoons day I like to use my pasta maker to make fresh homemade pasta for this recipe, but store bought tastes bomb as well! I usually get leftovers out of this, and this dish tastes great even when it’s cold!

I’ve made this recipe so many times it’s hard for me to think of the quantities I use, since I can eyeball it so easily, but I’ll try to get close.

Ingredients:
½ box of pasta
3 Roma tomatoes (or any tomatoes; I buy Roma because they’re usually cheaper)
A clove of garlic
Oil with low smokepoint (Olive, grapeseed, etc)
Basil (I love using fresh basil, but dried can work too)
Any other veggies you’d like to add (suggestions include zucchini, corn, and mushrooms)


1. Get a pot of water boiling on the stove and add a tablespoon or two of salt. Once it’s boiling, add your pasta and let it cook.
2. While your pasta’s cooking, slice up your tomatoes and mince your garlic, as well as chopping any other veggies you choose to add in!
3. Get a large pot and add your oil to it, enough to sauté in. Don’t start it heating until you get your noodles draining in the sink. Save about a cup of the drained pasta water for later.
4. Once the oil is hot, throw in your minced garlic and whatever veggies you added that would benefit from some sauté action (mushrooms and zucchini for example). Once sautéed to satisfaction, turn off the heat.
5. Put everything in the pot with the stuff that you sautéed in there. I’m talking basil, pasta, tomatoes, and whatever other veggies you wanted to add.
6. Using a stirring spoon and a salad fork, or 2 spoons, toss the pasta and veggies and oil together.
7. If the pasta is sticking together, add some oil and some of the pasta water you saved when draining. Go sparingly to avoid “overwatering” your lovely pasta!
8. Serve 😊

Flatbread Pizza for One!
-Ezekiel Flatbread
-thinly sliced chicken pieces
-feta cheese
-broccoli
-basil leaves *chopped*
-tomato sauce with Italian seasoning (or pizza sauce if not eating clean)
-broiled in oven for about 5-10 minutes depending on how you like the crust! Quick, Easy, Clean, and Yummy!