This is not something I would serve to company due to its simplicity, but it's a step up from just pouring jarred sauce over pasta for the family. It's also almost just as easy as pouring jarred sauce over the noodles. I loved the lightness of this meal, the freshness of the ingredients, and the way my tummy felt full after I was done! Granted, I had a slice of really hearty whole/multi-grain bread and a salad...and some cantaloupe, but still. It was all great and I think this would even be great chilled!
It was so good, this is what my plate looked like at the end. I sprinkled some salt on the leftover oil on the plate and dipped my bread in it -- YUM!
Simple Basil Spaghetti
- 1 lb spaghetti (or a 13.25 oz box will do) - whole grain/wheat is best in order to get some protein
- 1/4 cup EVOO
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 1 T minced garlic
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 3 T chopped fresh basil
- 3 scallions - sliced thin
- salt to taste
- Parmesan for garnish if desired
-- In a large skillet (enough to hold the spaghetti when done), heat the EVOO over medium heat, add the tomato paste and minced garlic and stir and saute for 5 minutes until all combined.
-- Add in fresh herbs and scallions and cook over low, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is done.
-- When pasta is done, drain and rinse, and add to pot of tomato paste.
-- Stir to combine. Add salt and Parmesan to taste and as desired.