Quick, Inexpensive, and Pretty Healthy Pasta
I went to the grocery store and didn't know what I wanted, I just knew that I wanted something hearty, and something that I could make quick because I have a busy day. I thought that I would get some rice pasta because I am trying to cut down on gluten, but they only had regular pasta, and I cracked. I got some thick spaghetti, and can of diced tomatoes. I thought about what I could add besides cheese, but cracked again and decided I needed cheese. (can you tell I have no will power some times?) So I got some Mozzarella, and then wondered to the frozen food section to get some peas to try to make this a little more healthy.
Here is what I did in a few easy steps to make a quick, but substantial and pretty meal on just under $12! And although I am eating alone, this can feed 4 people if you made the whole box of pasta, and upped to amount of all the other ingredients.
First, in a pan heat up a some olive oil on medium. When hot, add a few cloves of diced garlic and a few pinches of red pepper flakes.
I had some basil growing on my terrace, so while the water boiled, and the tomatoes simmered, I picked some basil, and cubed some of the Mozzarella.
When the pasta is done cooking, use tongs to transfer the pasta from the water to the sauce. I like to let some water get into the sauce because the starch that comes off the pasta will help the sauce come together. Then add about a cup of the frozen peas, some roughly chopped basil, and the cubed Mozzarella, and toss together.
Now I have to run, but let me know if you make this, and what you think.
Also, on a side note, this post is my 100th, and I want to thank you all for reading my blog over the past couple of years. I can't believe how much it's grown... More that I ever imagined!
XOXO - P