I've decided that I just can't NOT cook! Brad called on his way home from work just now to ask, "Mom, what's for lunch?" I said, "Nothing! Whatever you can pull together. I'm not cooking today. " We're going out for dinner tonight to celebrate my birthday a few days late. And I had no intentions of cooking lunch.
But then, my friend and fellow cooking addict, Sharon, sent me the link to this cooking blog. And, oh my word! The first recipe I saw looked so good I couldn't stand it. I had to make it for lunch. The only thing I didn't have on hand were the peppers. Oh well, it still turned out great and we scarfed it up in record time. I halved the recipe for a quick lunch. And I figure it cost maybe $2 to feed the five of us lunch today.
- 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 pound fusilli or gemelli pasta
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2-4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 16-ounce can garbanzo beans, drained
- 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
- 1/2 heaping cup of fresh basil, sliced
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
- a healthy pinch of crushed red pepper (optional)
Prepare pasta according to package instructions, making sure not to overcook. When pasta is almost done, sauté garlic, red pepper and bell peppers in olive oil in a separate saucepan for about 2 minutes. Stir tomatoes and beans into the oil and heat through. The pasta should be done at the same time the other ingredients are hot. Drain the pasta and return it to the pot it cooked in, then add the garbanzo mixture. Toss this together with the cheese and basil. Season to taste with lots of freshly ground pepper. Serves 4 to 6.
I managed to snap this photo of Lacy's bowl before she inhaled the last bite.
Enjoy your weekend!