Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Quick Meal Using Only 3 Ingredients!

I was absolutely starving after yoga on Monday night and this was the perfect dinner.  All you need are 3 basic ingredients:

1) Whole wheat pasta (or any other type you like)
2) Pesto (pop some out of your freezer or use a quality brand from the store)
3) Sun-dried tomatoes (I used the diced kind packed in olive oil)

This was so easy, fast and delicious.  Follow these steps to have a flavorful meal with nice texture and beautiful color during this dreary time of year.  Unless you live somewhere warm, in which case, please don't tell me about it because in the words of a friend's grandchild, "I can't like that."

Tip: If you want to whip this up in less than 30 minutes, cook the pasta in advance until al dente, drain, and rinse with cold water to stop cooking and sprinkle lightly with extra virgin olive oil.  Store in the fridge in an airtight container until ready to prepare the full meal.

Prepare the pasta, pour into a medium sized pot on the stove top.  Add desired amount of pesto and sun-dried tomatoes.  Stir everything together gently over a medium heat until everything is heated through.  Sprinkle with salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese if you like.  That's it!  

You can alter the quantities depending on how many you're serving.  I used about 2 cups of uncooked pasta, 1/3 cup of pesto and 3 Tablespoons of sun-dried tomatoes to serve 2 people which was more than enough.

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