Sigh, late again. My excuse is that I had unexpected out of town company come to visit sat am.
Here’s one of my spur of the moment pasta dishes that I make for unexpected company when I have fresh herbs in my garden.
I like to make it as healthy as possible, so I use fiber rich or spinach pasta, but use whatever you have.
Feeds 4 hungry adults
1 pound rotini pasta (you can even use noodles if that’s all you have)
3-4 cups of chopped vegetables (onion, squash, red pepper and tomatoes is my favorite combination, my husband loves broccoli in everything. Carrots work, too)
½ c. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
½ cup of toasted pine nuts (or walnuts or almonds)
¾ c. pesto
½ c. grated Parmesan, (or Asiago, Romano, even Mozzarella will work)
½ c. finely sliced turkey pepperoni (or prosciutto, country ham, baked or smoked ham)
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 c. mixed chopped fresh herbs (we like a mix of basil, lemon balm, parsley, cilantro, oregano, and rosemary. You can also tuck in a sprig or two of mint or sage if you have them.)
Boil pasta. Lightly cook vegetables in olive oil.
If the nuts, pepperoni or pesto are cold or frozen, thaw and warm them in the microwave
Toss everything in a big bowl and serve, adding a pile of fresh herbs on top.
You can see why this recipe can be made spur of the moment; put in whatever you have available. You can leave all meat out and increase the cheese and nuts for protein if you don’t eat, or don’t have, meat.
I have to add olive oil to mine because I make my own pesto. I put in only enough olive oil to make it a paste. About 2 Tbsp. Per cup. Then I freeze it for use all winter. If you use commercial pesto, you might need more.
Notice I add no salt, or pepper. You can, if you want. I’m a salt lover and I don’t put any on this. You can use more than 1 c. of herbs, but don’t use less. It seems like a lot, but it really isn’t.
If you don’t grow herbs, you should. They add incredible flavor to food. You can grow herbs in a sunny apartment window if that’s all you have. If you don’t have a sunny window in your apartment, my advice is, move.
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