How are you on this lovely Thursday? Today was another rough one with Jet lag and all, but I managed through. Since my trip to Europe I have been craving carbs, horribly. I never used to crave carbs like I am right now, and I felt the need to feed my carbs, so I made this wonderful light pasta dish.
I was at Trader Joe’s the other day and they now carry fresh pasta, and I just had to try it. I love it,! But the only thing is, the pasta cooks quicker then the instructions say. So if you buy it, keep an eye on the pasta, mine took about 4 minutes to cook.
I decided to roast my tomatoes instead of using a sauce. Have you ever roasted tomatoes? If you haven’t you must! The flavor is unbelievable! All I did was cut 2 cups of cherry tomatoes in half, add some garlic, salt, pepper and olive oil and placed in a 450 degree oven for 10 minutes. Dinner took about 15 minutes to make total. Not to shabby for a weeknight meal.
I served my pasta with Alexia Garlic Bread and a simple side salad. It was perfect and filling. I tried to control myself with the bread, so I stuck to two slices, which is one serving. I love Alexia’s Garlic Bread, it tastes so fresh. When I was in Germany there was a cute little Italian Restaurant behind the gas station in a park and I had a pasta dish there it was amazing! I couldn’t get it out of my head so I had to re-create it at home. I don’t think I did to bad!!
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes
- 1 clove garlic, diced small
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- 1 dash salt
- 1 dash pepper
- 4 oz pasta
- 5 basil leaves, sliced
- 3 tsp. Parmesan Cheese
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- Cut cherry tomatoes in half and place in a bowl with garlic and olive oil. Add salt & pepper; toss until tomatoes are coated with olive oil.
- Place tomatoes on prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile cook your pasta according to manufacturer directions. Once pasta is cooked, drain and place in a bowl. Add tomato mixture, fresh basil and Parmesan cheese.
My poor Husband has been living on potato chips and hot dogs for the past week, and I am sure he is craving a meat and potatoes kind of meal, yet I am craving light vegetable dishes. I didn’t find vegetable dishes so plentiful in Europe and besides the carb craving, I have been wanting fresh veggies. Tomorrow I’ll make my Hubby his meat!
I hope you have a great day, I am counting down the minutes to the weekend. I have no plans, but to sleep in a little. See ya tomorrow!