Pedro’s Pesto Pepper Pasta    

Pedro’s Pesto Pepper Pasta

Although this dish isn’t something spectacular, I wanted to prepare a pasta dish that I could take to work on those cold, winter mornings. Something I can quickly put into the microwave and eat as a hot lunch on the go. This dish certainly is a winter warmer and slowly becoming a regular of mine as it’s so simple to make.

The dish(s):

This is a quick and easy pasta dish that can be cooked in batches and saved for lunches/snacks. This dish can be done in 15 minutes and tastes great!

This is enough to serve 2 people, I tend to make double this portion, and save them as quick snacks for the following days. Simply add grated cheeses and microwave for 45 seconds.

Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients

  • 1 cup penne pasta
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 can (400g)  chopped tomatoes OR 4 large fresh tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup grated cheese (I use mature Cathedral City)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • Balsamic glaze for serving
  • Pinch of fresh basil for seasoning (optional)

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Equipment needed:

  • Frying pan
  • Wooden spatula
  • Cheese grater
  • Oven (if baking the pasta)
  • Pedro’s Pepper Pesto Penne Pasta:

Method:

  1. Cook pasta in line to packet instructions. Whilst the pasta is cooking, In a small saucepan, saute onion, pepper (and tomatoes if using fresh) in oil until soft. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the tomatoes (if using tinned), basil, oregano, sugar and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  2. Drain pasta; stir into saucepan. I used cold grated cheese on the one pictured, but you can bake the past by transferring to a baking dish. Top with cheeses. Bake, uncovered, at 200 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted.

And there you have it. A nice quick and easy pasta dish that can be kept in the freezer and reheated at work.

Thanks for reading my blog, please feel free to leave feedback, and comments.
Pedro

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