Monday, August 3, 2009

Tempt My Tummy Tuesday - a recipe formula

I have often said how much I love being able to go my garden and pick my dinner. We have cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, eggplant, along with basil, rosemary, oregano, thyme, and chives. So for today's Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, I'm going to share a method I use often to throw together a quick dinner (or even lunch!).

Step 1~ Boil enough pasta to serve the ones eating that meal (this is not one you want extras to reheat. It's best fresh.) I like to use Ronzoni's Smart Taste for a little extra nutrition! (They have a newsletter you can sign up for, if you like, and get a coupon or two.) Then drain your pasta.
Step 2~ Pick whatever veggies you like - I use tomatoes & peppers from the garden, and usually toss in some mushrooms. Saute them in a skillet with just a little olive oil. Add garlic and onion, if you like.
Step 3~ When veggies are tender, toss your pasta back into the skillet. Now add your favorite herbs - I add chopped basil from my garden here. The smell is fantastic!! Then add a sprinkling of your favorite cheese. Parmesan is good, and feta is excellent as well. If you like a little heat, add a dash of red pepper flake. Toss it all together, and serve!

My family loves this meal, and you can customize it with the foods your family likes. Add a little chicken, shrimp, or sausage if you need some meat. It comes together so fast!

And may I just take a moment to say - I am so glad that Melissa d'Arabian won The Next Food Network Star!!! Did you watch her demo?? I loved her, and she has a million tips for getting great food on the table. (I'm done now.)


Christi said...

Love formula cooking. Just plug it in! Thanks.

Christi @ A Southern Life

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Sounds like a wonderful pasta dinner. I am jealous of all the fresh veggies and herbs. Good for you!

Brenda said...

Sounds easy and yummy. I made something like that today.

Ave said...

I love pasta! I wish i had a garden too, you are lucky.

shopannies said...

as a love of pasta I have to say this sounds delicous