Oooooo…. I ‘discovered’ another super cheap, easy and healthy dish today – Pasta
I got some fresh tomatos, then decided on some mushrooms too ‘cos I’m addicted to them. Randomly picked up a few items at the supermarket and the whole bill came up to $7 😀 I was planning to make for 2 (for Chris as well), so $7 was a good way to get started!
As I was getting ready to cook, I realised I still had some of that raw beef ball mixture from yesterday evening. So decided to throw some beef balls in there too 😛 It worked out well, and I managed to get rid of leftovers in the fridge, haha! Did I mention it was wholemeal pasta too?? That’s healthier than regular pasta, I believe, yay!
The pasta was soooooo nice.. I loved it because it was so hearty and SO tasty, yet it was healthy and didn’t make me feel all ‘gluggy’ and stuffed afterwards. Plus no preservatives so the flavour was so sublime – I can’t even describe it but I never knew that a 100% fresh pasta sauce could taste that different. If you like pasta, you absolutely HAVE to try making this!! It’s so easy and so satisfying.. and Chris even gave it the thumbs up, haha.
I normally don’t like cooking pasta ‘cos I consider it a stupid cook’s choice.. as in, any fool can throw a pasta together, especially if you use pre-made sauces. I just never found pasta interesting. But now I’m a total convert – such a unique and fresh and tasty pasta like this? I’M SOLD! 😀
Infusing the ingredients at room temperature
Pasta with fresh tomato, mushroom and meatballs
Pasta with fresh tomato, mushroom and meatballs (serves 2)
2 vine-ripened or organic tomatos
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 red chilli, chopped
1 garlic clove, mashed
Fresh basil leaves, chopped
Fresh baby spinach leaves
Beef balls (recipe) or sliced Chorizo sausage
1 cup mushrooms
Pinch of caster sugar
Parmesan cheese, grated
1) Chop tomatos in half, place cut-side up on baking tray and brush with olive oil. Sprinkle salt/pepper.
2) Bake tomatos at 180c for 20 mins.
3) Remove skin from tomatos and chop roughly. Mix in bowl with olive oil, chillies, olives, garlic, basil, sugar, salt, pepper. Set aside for half an hour (do step 4 in the meantime).
4) Cook beefballs (or Chorizo sausage), onion, mushrooms. Combine with pasta sauce in bowl, add fresh spinach leaves.
5) Spoon sauce over cooked pasta. Top with Parmesan cheese and sprinkle pepper on top.