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Quick Easy Pasta

Need a quick side dish to go with your mid-week dinner? I threw a bunch of things I had together and it actually came out delicious. I paired the pasta with some roasted vegetables and chicken; you can easily add in any kind of protein like fish, steak, or tofu?


| Pasta Recipe |


This recipe was kind of a throw-anything-into-the-pot-and-hope-it-works-out kind of meal. It’s not fancy, it’s not gourmet, but it gets the job done. You can tweak the spices to your preference. I like things on the spicier side, so I use plenty of garlic and chilli flakes. I used dry herbs because that is what I had on hand, but you could always liven things up with some fresh herbs if you have some.


Ingredients:

  • Pasta – (fresh or dry)
  • 1 med onion – diced
  • 1/2 cup of sliced mushrooms
  • Spinach (2 frozen nuggets)
  • 1 Tbs of water (for spinach)
  • olive oil
  • 1 Tbs Basil
  • 1 Tbs Oregano
  • 1 Tbs Parsley
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • 1/2 Tbs Garlic
  • Pinch Red Pepper Chili Flakes
  • Fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 Tbs of Parmesan Cheese and more for topping.

Directions: 
Bring a large pot to a roaring boil. Cook Pasta according to directions, if you can use fresh pasta it is even better. while pasta is cooking saute mushrooms and onions (set aside). 


Thaw out spinach (2 frozen nuggets) in a small bowl in the microwave with a tbs of water. In the small bowl add basil, oregano, parsley, garlic, chilli flakes, dash of lemon juice, adding olive oil as need to thin out the ingredients and finally add parmesan cheese. You can play around with the spices here, add a little more of this or a little more of that, really it is based on preference. Use the olive oil and the excess water from the spinach to combine your ingredients. 


When pasta is cooked al dente, drain the excess water and place back into the pot reserve a small amount of the pasta water, and add the spice mixture to the pasta.  If needed toss with extra olive oil, but do not add too much this pasta isn’t meant to be a cream sauce. Over low heat toss the pasta with spices, and add back the mushrooms and onions. You could always cook chicken with the veggies and add it in here.


Top with parmesan cheese and serve with a lean protein of your choice and any mix of vegetables. 


Happy Monday Blog readers,
sincerely,
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