Thursday, February 16, 2012

Last-Minute Home Alone Pasta

I've been on my own the last few days, and last night I had run out of leftovers, couldn't face a can of soup, let alone a trip to grocery store, and dinner was all up to me.  Here's my last-minute, what's-in-the-larder Home Alone Pasta.

Home Alone Pasta

1 3/4 cup dry rotini
2 tablespoons olive oil
2/3 cup halved grape tomatoes
1/4 cup sliced green olives
1/4 cup diced green bell pepper
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
Fresh ground pepper to taste
1 - 1 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons pasta water
1/4 - 1/2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese

Heat water for rotini.  While water is heating, chop tomatoes, olives and bell pepper. 

While rotini cooks, heat oil in medium, non-sitck skillet over medium heat.  Cook tomatoes, olives, bell pepper, and seasonings until soft, about 5 minutes. 

Add tomato paste and mix well. 

When pasta is done, before draining, scoop out 2 tablespoons of the water and add to tomato mixture.  Mix well. 

Drain pasta and top with tomato mixture and shredded cheese.


  1. MMMM! I do love pasta. Hubby would love the addition of olives. I'll have to keep that in mind.

  2. Looks great! You know, we LOVE cooking in our house. But it seems lately that Mr. M has been at work late or has something after work more days than not. So I've been on my own quite often and am not inspired to cook for just me. I usually end up eating a mix of frozen veggies or something lame like that. I'll have to try to get creative with pasta next time!!! It's a nice meal because you can just kind of use it as a fridge clean out too!

  3. Looks delicious and I love the name! - So cute!

  4. Sounds good. You're lucky you had so many ingredients on hand. The other day my husband and I had some pasta shells with butter and like 1 tablespoon of parmesan. And toast. Haha. Not our best dinner. And last night we had week old biscuits, eggs and pineapple. We so don't want to go to the grocery store, lol.

  5. I have such a soft spot for pasta, we just had a dish today that we all love! Trips to the grocery store is one chore I don't look forward to, in fact my husband does the shopping each week. He doesn't seem to mind it at all, which is a very good thing. :)

  6. Pasta will ALWAYS do it for me! This looks pretty good!

  7. That sounds delicious and healthy! I love pasta.

  8. Yum! Thanks for posting the recipe. I love pasta!


  9. I love it when I'm home alone for the night and I don't have to go to too much effort and I can just create something from all the leftovers in the house. This pasta looks delicious and comforting. Great flavours there. Love the addition of olives!

  10. When I'm home alone I usually have a bowl of cereal. Your pasta certainly puts that to shame! Looks delicious and thanks for sharing the recipe. Have a wonderful weekend.

  11. You had me at grape tomatoes and green olives...can't go wrong.

    Dough, Dirt & Dye

  12. Sometimes the best pastas are the ones made from stuff just hanging around. Dean and I are thinking about giving spaghetti squash pasta a shot. Know any good recipes for it?

  13. Looks like such a wholesome meal! Yummy!!!

  14. It looks and sounds absolutely delicious!

  15. Mm that looks yummy and easy to do. I willl try it sometime. Thanks for sharing =)

  16. Oh boy, this has me wanting pasta at breakfast time! Lynette, thanks for visiting my blog and love your "handle" as well. Been looking through your posts and your blog is lovely and your food looks amazing! Oh, and btw, your bathroom remodel is gorgeous!



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