Everyone has a favorite pasta recipe. Here's mine:
Melinda's Three-Alarm Pasta
Serves one or two
Whole wheat pasta, 1 to 2 cups (dry)
Tomato or pasta sauce, 12 oz (about 1/2 of a standard jar)
Nuts, 3/4 cup (your choice, I often use unsalted peanuts)
Assorted chopped veggies (whatever you have on hand)
Garlic, 6 cloves, chopped finely or minced
Pickles, 3 medium sized, chopped
Rosemary, 1 heaping teaspoon
Thyme, 1 heaping teaspoon
Basil, 1 heaping teaspoon
Oregano, 1 heaping teaspoon
Melinda's XXX habanero sauce, 1 heaping teaspoon
1. Put a large frying pain over medium heat and add
pasta/tomato sauce, garlic, pickles, spices, and hot sauce.
Let this mixture percolate mildly, stirring often to
2. Add dry pasta to boiling water.
3. While pasta is cooking, chop up your favorite veggies and add
them to the frying pan.
4. When pasta finishes cooking (usually 8-10 minutes),
drain, add it to the frying pan, and stir.
5. When pasta and veggies are thoroughly mixed, serve
+ Veggies should predominate, not pasta. You should see
pasta mixed among veggies, not veggies mixed among pasta.
I have not yet encountered a restaurant that knows how
to do this. Some restaurants use a huge heap of pasta and
no veggies at all! I've also encountered pasta drenched in olive
oil - yuck! A tablespoon of olive oil wouldn't hurt, but given
the amount of nuts I use, it's really not necessary.
+ If you can get hold of fresh herbs/spices rather than
dried, go for it!
+ I've named this recipe after Melinda, whose hot sauce gives
this dish a delightful kick. Adjust the amount to taste - her
XXX version can put hair on your chest.