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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Last minute pasta and french beans

The week has come and gone but the cooking never ends.  Saturday lunch is always a bigger event  because everyone is up late and then without  warning gets horribly hungry with nary a warning.  So it is always the ubiquitous pasta to the rescue in half a jiffy.

Here's what I had to prepare a super quick meal in less than 15 minutes for 3  :
250g pasta
2 cups cherry tomato
1/2 bottle stir-in pasta sauce ( roasted garlic and sundried tomato by Leggos )

Put a pot of water to boil, covered. Do not add salt, since the stir-in pasta sauce will be quite salty.

Wash the cherry tomatoes, pour into glass bowl.
Pour 1/2 a bottle of stir-in sauce onto tomato.
Cover. Microwave for 4-5 minutes.
Remove cover. Stir, set aside.

Cook pasta according to recommended duration.
Meanwhile, grate parmesan cheese. Toast a handful of pine nuts, 1 minute. Remove from grill to prevent burning.
Drain pasta. Transfer to bowl of tomato sauce. Toss.
Serve and garnish with cheese, nuts and maybe a couple of basil leaves if you have some.

For some greens to go along with the pasta, here's what I did  with the pasta was cooking :

2-Minute  french beans : wash, strings removed,arranged on microweable glassware, drizzle olive oil,cover and nuke for 2 minutes. Uncover and garnish with bacon bits/fried ikan bilis/pork floss , any condiments depending on the theme of the main dish.

There you have it, pasta and veggies in no time. Another meal solved.

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