Pasta for Anyone

by zesty on February 26, 2009 · 26 comments

As I write this post I feel like my eyes could close at any second.  You see, I decided to work in the office today – what a bad idea.  It is so hot in here it feels like my cheeks are on fire and I could fall asleep.  You know that feeling you get when you are all hot… and you cannot control it.   I AM HOT!!

Well then….That was my little rant for today.


Now onto the food.  This pasta is a 9 minute dish assuming you have some pasta sauce you can warm up or thaw from the freezer.  Some days you are just in a rush, it happens to all of us – but we shouldn’t always revert to unhealthy food.  We have to stay true to ourselves and make something nutritious to get us through the night.  Now don’t get me wrong – I am all for a double cheese burger or some chicken fingers but in general – I try to keep it on the “somewhat healthy” side of the fence.

This dish is really 3 ingredients.  The flavor is really hinged on the quality of both the sauce and cheese.  As you know, I like to make my own tomato sauce and store it in the freezer for quick thaws.  Lately I have been buying the real Parmesan cheese in the block… what a huge difference – love it!

So let’s turn on the stove, fill up the pot and bring this dish to a boil.


  • 2 Cups Uncooked Pasta
  • 10-12 Grape Tomatoes
  • 1/2 Cup sliced Bell Peppers
  • Pasta Sauce (here is my homemade tomato sauce recipe)
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Parmesan Cheese


  1. Cook pasta according to directions.
  2. Heat up sauce either in the microwave or on the stove top.
  3. In a sauce pan, add the olive oil and quickly pan fry the bell peppers and tomatoes. (about 4 minutes)
  4. Add the sauce and continue heating through.
  5. Salt and pepper.
  6. Toss in drained pasta and coat.
  7. Top with Parmesan.
  8. tomato_pepper_pasta1

  9. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: I have people comment that their pasta is very bland.  Salting the water is key to letting the pasta absorb some flavor while boiling.  Salt must be added once the water has started to boil.  If the salt is added too late, it will not be  absorbed correctly into the pasta.  Adding salt too early may lengthen the boiling time. Allow the salt to dissolve before adding the pasta.

I hope you have a great Thursday as the weekend approaches I have an interesting question for you.

Question of the day:  What is your favorite day of the week?

Take care


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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tracy

Simple yet so tasty. Love your photos.


2 VeggieGirl

Mmm, pasta!!

Favorite day of the week = SATURDAY!!!


3 girlbeerdrinker

Friday is my favorite, beginning of the weekend. I just read your recipe for your tomato sauce and I think will make some soon.


4 thepinkpeppercorn

Funny – that is practically exactly what I had for dinner last night! Great photo too!


5 Nila Rosa

I think what makes this dish enjoyable is homemade sauce. For a simple dish, you have to have one component that is flavorful. Great photo.


6 DanD_Arl

I totally agree. But I’d like to add pecorino Romano cheese as well. It is usually cheaper and it lasts longer. Both are good and I consider them interchangeable, though not everyone would agree.


7 Meg

I never want dinner food in the morning, but your pictures are making me crave spaghetti! It looks delicious! I think I might have to make your spaghetti sauce this weekend!


8 Mara @ What's For Dinner?

WOW that looks great! I have some bolognese in the fridge that I might just need to eat tonight!


9 Joanne

Looks great. Pasta is always a good fall back, easy dish. Saturday is my all time favorite day.


10 coco

your little pasta looks delicious to me!
my fav day of the week:Sunday! :D


11 brandi

Saturday and Sunday are my favorites – it’s a tie!

What shape pasta is that? The sauce looks great!


12 Olga

What a simple, but satisfying meal!
Definitely any day when I don’t have to work is my favorite day ;)


13 teeni

Oh, there is no substitute for those blocks of real parmesan! I also only buy my cheddar this way now too. Yeah, there are those “convenience” packages of already shredded stuff but all those exposed edges just make the cheese more prone to go moldy quicker. Buying the chunks and grating yourself tastes better and can save money in the long run. Of course I cheat and use my KitchenAid mixer attachment to grate the cheese so it’s really pretty easy. ;) Anyway – this dish looks great – I love chunks of fresh tomato in my pasta dishes.


14 The Running Yogini

I love this simple recipe!! I’ve found that I tend to make most recipes into 4 or fewer ingredients whether they are meant to be or not!


15 Alisa - Frugal Foodie

Yum, so simple!


16 Michelle

Great recipe, nice and simple. My fav. day of the week is Friday!


17 Pearl

simple recipe for pastas are great :)


18 Nirvana

I could eat pasta every single day :) This looks so yummy!


19 lo

Love the simplicity here — lots of great flavor with minimal effort. Remarkable what a bit of high quality cheese adds!


20 patsyk

Great dish! I love something so simple that I could make w/what I have on hand.

Favorite day of the week? Friday because the weekend begins that night!


21 Kristen

This will be perfect for Lent…great Friday night dinner. Thanks for sharing!
My favorite day of the week… hard one.
I love Tuesdays because I really don’t have to leave the house at all.
Saturdays though have to be my favorite because my family is all home!


22 eatingbender

Totally know what you mean about feeling tired when it’s extremely hot inside. Luckily, my roommate makes us keep the thermostat at 60, so it’s never a problem. (I’m being sarcastic, although I still love her).

Viva la pasta! Such vibrant photographs, too! Love it, Zesty!


23 Dana

This looks like something both my husband and kids would enjoy!


24 criticchicks

Great site.Love all your tasty recipes. Have a give-away on my blog.


25 Kari

This pasta looks fantastic, I love pasta as it always makes me feel very full. I just ate 1/2 a keish (sp?) for supper and I am still hungry!!


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