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GerenM’s Lite Pasta Surprise

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I found this on the wayback machine at today — my own recipe for a pasta dinner. It’s one of the earliest posts from any version of that’s archived there. The date was October 3, 2002.


One can diced tomatoes (or, substitute 3 tomatoes that you cut up yourself and 1/8 cup water)
1/4 cup chopped green peppers
1/8 cup chopped red peppers (optional)
1/8 cup chopped onion
1 tsp minced garlic
McCormick Italian Seasoning
Chunk tuna, chicken strips or baby shrimp (canned)(optional)
Pasta (your choice – I usually use spaghetti noodles)
Grated Parmesian Cheese
Olive Oil
Start some water boiling for pasta in a large pot. I usually throw a couple of dashes of salt in the water when I’m making pasta.

Combine the tomatoes, peppers and onions in a small saucepan and mix ’em up well over low heat. Mix in the garlic and add some of the seasoning. Let this simmer, stirring occasionally.

If you’re using chicken strips or baby shrimp, saute these in a skillet with olive oil until they’re just slightly browned, and throw those in with the rest of the sauce. Stir.

By now, the water ought to be boiling pretty good, so throw in the pasta. Boil for about 10 minutes, or until soft, stirring occasionally.

Drain the pasta. While the pasta’s in the colander, put about a tablespoon of olive oil in the pot you boiled the pasta in, and keep this over very low heat. Add the pasta back in and mix it around so that all of the pasta has a light coating of the oil. Mix in about a tablespoon of the grated cheese.
This makes 2-3 servings of sauce. I usually will make a bed of the pasta, dollup on the sauce to suit and sprinkle some shredded or grated parmesian cheese over. For side dishes, a Ceasar salad and garlic bread, and either red or white wine to drink.
This is pretty darned good, if I do say so myself. It is also just as good served cold for lunch!

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