Thursday, February 28, 2013

Easy Mediterranean Pantry Pasta Bowl

As I was eating my lunch at home today, it occurred to me that you all might like to know about this easy dish I made for myself!  If you have read my blog for very long, you know that I like making quick but delicious lunches usually meatless and filled with lots fresh vegetables.  I love meat as much as the next guy, but good-thing I also love vegetables, so when I'm home-alone I really enjoy making "vegetarian" meals.  They usually don't take as much time as cooking something with meat, and I love a hot meal that feels effortless!
One of my favorite lunches to make is "pantry pasta" which is a non-recipe ... recipe!  Basically it's whatever pasta you have, with whatever ingredients you want to throw in!  Simple, right?!  I usually have a base of bell pepper, onion, and garlic and just have fun with the rest. 
I usually add chickpeas to my pasta, but this time I added kalamata olives, grape tomatoes, feta and Parmesan cheese.  I had whole wheat macaroni and so that's what I used.  All of this sauteed and tossed with olive oil and seasonings is really delicious and healthy, too!
(Here is another tasty recipe for Pesto Pantry Pasta that I've made in the past.) 
These pictures today were taken on the fly as I already started eating this, but I just wanted to share this with you!  I had to edit out the clean laundry basket in the background, ha! :)
Easy, simple, colorful, flavorful, healthy, and delicious are all things that I love about this Mediterranean Pasta Bowl!  
Mediterranean Pantry Pasta Bowl
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Red & Green Bell Pepper, diced
Onion, diced
Minced Garlic
Grape Tomatoes, halved
Kalamata Olives, diced
Feta Cheese
(I use the herbed crumbled Feta from Trader Joes)
Parmesan Cheese, freshly grated
Italian seasoning
Salt & Pepper
Cook the pasta according to directions on the package.
In a skillet over medium heat, saute the pepper and onion in olive oil until they are softened.  Add the other vegetables, Italian seasoning and salt and pepper and cook for an additional 4-5 minutes or until everything is hot.
Add a little of the pasta water in with the vegetables.  Allow this to bubble for a minute or so to thicken up. 
Add the pasta to the skillet with the vegetables and a little more olive oil.  Stir in the feta cheese and pour everything into a bowl.  Grate Parmesan cheese over the top with more salt and pepper, if desired.  Enjoy!


Sweet Peas said...

That looks good and very easy. When I am home alone I tend to make pasta for myself also. Love your blog :)

Nicole-Sweet Peas

Jessica said...

Pasta is one of my food weakness, it's always so comforting. Love the bowl by the way, and I'll have to start adding chickpeas to my pasta too. :)

Lynn said...

My son loves pasta, so I will try this receipe. Looks wonderful! Hugs, Lynn

elizabeth said...

You had me at kalamata olives and feta cheese!

Christy Our Southern Home said...

This looks so yummy! I love to cook! I am your newest follower!

Kathy said...

Looks so good and sounds so easy. I'm definitely going to try this one.

Daffodil Hill said...

Looks so delicious! I love pasta!

laurie said...

That's a great idea! I'l try it for lunch!

K @ Aurora Blythe said...

My husband has been wanting me to cook with less meat and this gives me a great springboard to start with. Thank you! :-) Your blog is so lovely!