Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes

Pasta

After living in our new home for a month, my husband and I finally went to the grocery store for a large order. After eating completely random meals for the past 4 weeks, (and by ‘meals’ I mean garbage like Mr. Noodles), it was so exciting to get a load of good, fresh ingredients!

I’m the kind of person who does much better if I create a menu for at least a week in advance. It cuts down on my stress level and keeps me from staring into the cupboards with a blank look on my face. If I know the plan, I can function. If I decide I want something else, no problem, but it’s great to have the outline handy.

Tonight I was pretty exhausted. Shopping in a new grocery store is tiring. I think we backtracked a million times! Ok…maybe just 10 or so..

Anywhoo, I had something else on the menu that was going to require me to steam and puree broccoli prior to actually starting the real recipe.

I don’t think so. I be tired.

Instead I skipped a few days ahead since the water was already boiling and threw some pasta on. It was a hit and super comforting! Perfect for a rainy evening at home and quite healthy too! I basically just eyeball everything when it’s my own recipe, but I’ll include measurements I remember. Of course, you don’t have to use light ingredients and rice pasta.

Pasta

Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes
Time: Less than 40 minutes, start to finish

Brown rice fettuccine
Skim milk
1/4 – 1/2 C. light parmesan cheese
2 TBSP Butter or Marg.
2 TBSP minced garlic (I used bottled pre-minced, handy stuff to keep in the fridge!)
2 TBSP flour
1 tomato, chopped
1 large TBSP of chopped cilantro
salt & pepper

Place pasta in salted boiling water.
While pasta is cooking, heat milk and butter in a large saucepan. Add parmesan and minced garlic.
Slowly whisk in flour and allow to simmer until thickened.
Drain pasta and place in saucepan with simmering sauce.
Stir pasta into sauce to coat and add lots of pepper.

Plate pasta and cover with fresh tomatoes and a bit more pepper.
Sprinkle with cilantro and more parmesan cheese.

YUM!

Super easy, fast, and delish!

Bon Appetit!

-S.

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