Now that I'm at home everyday for lunch, I like to make myself something that perhaps Mr. Cozy wouldn't really care for. Since it's just me! It's the chance for me to experiment with some easy meal ideas.
That is if I'm not eating leftovers, which I actually enjoy!
A favorite lunch to make is easy pantry pasta! I call it that because I change it up every time depending on what I have to hand in the fridge and pantry! It always starts out with whole wheat pasta of some sort. Usually I like to saute onion and bell peppers as a start because I always have them on hand. I'll add things like fresh or canned tomatoes, olives, jarred artichokes, cheese, etc. I think almost any vegetable and cheese is good in pasta!
Today I made a different kind of pantry pasta that I really love! With things like pesto and dried breadcrumbs, I came up with this simple and delicious meal that I'm for sure going to make again. It's incredibly easy! I'm going to walk you through how I made it, but please feel free to put whatever you want in your pantry pasta for a meal that's uniquely yours!! This meal is really a favorite lunch of mine, and usually I make a serving for one!
Pesto Pantry Pasta
Whole Wheat Pasta, cooked and drained
Basil Pesto, from the grocery
Dried Italian Breadcrumbs
Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
Salt & Pepper
Dash of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
I use the very same pot I cooked the pasta in. Put the pasta back in there, and add as much of those ingredients as you like. Turn the burner back on low to just heat it all together for a few minutes.
If you have time, toasting the bread crumbs and pine nuts in a dry skillet would be delicious!
I told you it's easy. Yum!!!