semi-homemade: pasta dinner

7 Jul

Last night I decided to have some friends from my old internship over to my new apt to catch up and enjoy a lovely plate of pasta and a bottle of wine.

Since I had some organic tomatoes, red onion and basil left over from pizza night (…and I’m cheap) I thought it might act as a good excuse to try  a fresh summer pasta sauce.

They generously brought some extra produce, whole wheat and rice pasta from Trader Joe’s as well as the red wine (!) and a feast was created.


In the mix:

3 chopped vine ripened organic tomatoes

3/4 carton of mini heirloom tomatoes from TJ’s (a MUST HAVE staple), chopped

2/3 container brown button mushrooms, sliced

3 cups fresh spinach

1/2 organic red onion

4 cloves garlic, diced

embarrassing amount of extra virgin olive oil

salt and peppah

Sautee the garlic, onions and mushrooms in the olive oil till cooked, throw in the rest, simmer and bam! pasta sauce. Toss lightly with the hot cooked pasta, top with some salt and pepper. Done and done.

taste the rainbow

In hindsight my only addition would maybe be a bit of white wine to the sauce, and perhaps some kalamata olives to punch up the saltiness.

Food really is more enjoyable when cooked (and consumed) with friends.

Viva la vie.


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