I’ll admit it — as much as I love spending time on the kitchen, trying a new recipe or whipping up a batch of something sweet, there are days when I just don’t feel like cooking. I’ll boil some angel hair pasta (from a box) and top it with some marinara (from a jar) with Parmesan shavings, and call it a night. #noregrets
Other times, I want to cook up a big meal, but just don’t have the time. This dish is effect for those nights when you want the flavor of a home cooked meal without too much prep or cleanup!
- Two large or three medium juicy tomatoes, medium diced
- 1/4 small-diced red pepper
- 1/4 small-diced green pepper
- 1/4 sliced vidalia onion (cut to slivers)
- 1 large garlic clove or 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
- 1 Tbsp dried basil
- 1 Tbsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 2 Tbsp Olive oil
- Drizzle the olive oil until a large pan and put on medium heat.
- Add onion and garlic once the pan is hot, then lower the heat. Be sure to coat the onion and garlic in the oil, stirring often for two minutes.
- Add diced tomatoes to pan, lowering heat to simmer.
- Add oregano, basil, and black pepper; stir to coat. Let simmer for five minutes.
- Add small-diced green peppers. Mix in. Add small-diced red pepper, then add another tablespoon of basil and another sprinkle of pepper. Mix.
- Begin boiling water for pasta (angel hair, if you really want a fast meal!).
- By now your tomatoes should be losing their skin and your mixture should be getting saucier. If the liquids are evaporating too fast, add a quarter of a cup of water slowly to pan.
- Let simmer another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- When pasta is done, strain the water, replacing pasta in the pot. Add a splash of extra-virgin olive oil, just enough to keep pasta from sticking to it self.
- When plating, either add pasta to dish first then add sauce on top, or add sauce mixture to the pasta, mix first, and then serve. Your choice! I prefer to plate the pasta and add the sauce to the top.
- Finally, sprinkle on some Parmesan cheese and enjoy!