About an hour ago, Joe and I decided it was time to eat. We tossed around the usual luncheon ideas when he mentioned there was some plain wholemeal spaghetti left over from his dinner a few nights ago. The cogs started to turn, and this is what we just dined on!
[ SERVES: 2 | TIME: 15 MIN | COST: <$3 ]
[ JOES' RATING: 4.5/5 | MY RATING: 4/5 ]
3 cups leftover cooked pasta
2 big handfuls rocket
1 cup cherry tomatoes
½ cup chopped yellow capsicum
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
small handful pine nuts
2 tablespoons crushed garlic
good drizzle of olive oil
shaved peccorino romano cheese
salt and pepper to taste
- In a warm dry skillet, roast the pine nuts before placing aside.
- In the skillet add olive oil and garlic before frying it off slightly til fragrant. Add the cherry tomatoes and capsicum, stirring well to coat evenly. Heat through and sauté for a few minutes.
- Reduce the heat to medium and toss through the pasta. Again, ensure it gets a good coating of oil, garlic and that the vegetables become well incorporated. Stirring continually.
- Remove from heat and gently fold through the rocket and parsley. Season well with salt and cracked pepper.
- Garnish with grated hard cheese and pine nuts. Eat immediately.
- Everything in todays meal was in the fridge. I didn’t organise anything ahead of time. Even so, these flavours just worked fantastically. Joe wants more, but alas, it was leftovers so there is none left!
- It could have used a freshen up with a tiny amount of lemon juice, but that’s probably more to do with me being fussy than anything else.
- I am not usually one to give much salt to my cooking, but I did with this dish, and I am glad I did. The saltiness worked a treat against the sweetness of the tomatoes and the garlic flavours. Careful not to go over board, though!
- Diabetic Note: My plate was the back one, and as such, it was a smaller server, and was mostly vegetables rather than pasta. Instead of eating bread, I supplemented my meal with a piece of fruit (citrus) and my Blood Glucose Levels should be happy for it.
- Ethical Note: The average household wastes far too much food. Where possible, try incorporating your left overs into a quick make up meal such as this.
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