Sunday, August 2, 2009

Easy Peasy Pasta

Pasta has to be one of those dishes that we all turn to when we don't have much time or energy. This dish was inspired by an episode of Everyday Italian I recently watched. I was in the mood for pasta and had no desire to cook, which does NOT happen often. This is all I had to do:
3/4 box pasta
salt for pasta water
bunch of basil
2 cloves of garlic
salt and pepper
good quality olive oil
pecorino or parmesean, grated
2 plum tomatoes
zest and juice of lemon
Add lots of salt to boiling water, add pasta and cook until al dente, according to package directions.
In the bottom of a large bowl drizzle olive oil. Grate or chop garlic depending on how strong you like the flavor, shred the basil, add salt, pepper, zest and juice of lemon. Once pasta is done add to the olive oil with tongs along with 1/2 cup of pasta water (this will combine with oil and cheese to make a creamy sauce). Add cheese and toss. Add tomatoes and toss until combined. Let sit until reaches room temperature for best taste.
I had some shrimp scampi in the fridge which I added since my bf loves it! I would have preferred the pasta without the shrimp.


Donna-FFW said...

Nice to see you posting. This sounds like a terrific summer dish. I love all the flavors.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe you didn't say

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!!!!!

Vanessa said...

You're right John! I should have said that, lol!

Spryte said...


Quick & Easy! I did pasta last night!

We seem to be on the same wavelength!