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Simply Pasta

Sometimes, the simplest dishes, spiced just right, can make the perfect meal.

Last night, I was rushing to finish making and eating dinner before going to see Amanda Palmer’s Cabaret at the Oberon Theater in Harvard Square.  I decided to make the simplest hot meal I could think of, pasta with tomato sauce.  I’ll admit, I buy pasta sauce in the bottle, mostly because this dish is something I eat when I have little time to cook (and thus  little time to make sauce).

I boiled 2 servings of farfalle (bow-tie) pasta, until it was cooked al-dente (about 10 minutes) and strained it.  Leaving my gas stove on, but turning the heat down to low, I added Barilla Tomato & Basil sauce to the pasta and then began spicing it up.  I threw in a generous amount of basil, oregano, garlic salt, crushed red pepper and ground black pepper, until the aroma was distinct but not overpowering.

I decided to make a side for my pasta dish, so I made a quick version of garlic bread. In a toaster oven, I toasted two slices of whole wheat bread, and buttered them.  I topped the bread slices with garlic salt, crushed red pepper, basil and parmesan & romano cheese. Easily made, delicious garlic bread.

The entire meal took 20-25 minutes to prepare, satisfied my desire for a home-cooked hot meal, and fit within the time constraints of my evening.

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