On hot summer days when I’m feeling lethargic and unmotivated, I just want a meal that can be made quickly. And you know, one that is also delicious and not filled with fast-food preservatives and grease – it’s a tall order, I know. Enter, this simple but sumptuous Mediterranean pasta. With chunks of gooey Brie and aromatic sundried tomatoes and basil, it takes fifteen minutes to make but tastes like something you’d eat with delicate silverware over a white linen tablecloth. It’s also incredibly easy. Seriously, if you can boil water and have opposable thumbs to tear cheese, you can whip this dish up without a problem! Here’s how it’s done.
- 1 Wheel of Brie
- 1 Cup Sun Dried Tomatoes
- 2 Chopped Fresh Tomatoes
- 3 tbsp Fresh Chopped Basil
- 1 Package of Pasta (Choose whole wheat variations for extra fiber.)
- Olive Oil (Use enough to lightly coat all of the pasta.)
- 2 tbsp Butter
- 2 tbsp Garlic Powder
- 1 tbsp Oregano
- Salt and Pepper to taste.
1 // Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta according to the directions on the package (usually for around 10 minutes). Drain the pasta.
2 // Drizzle olive oil over cooked pasta and toss until all of the noodles are lightly coated. Add the butter and toss the pasta further.
3 // While the pasta is still super hot, tear up Brie into small pieces and add it to the pasta. Stir the pasta so that the melted cheese is dispersed throughout.
4 // Add the garlic, oregano, salt and pepper to the pasta. Toss in the sundried tomatoes and basil.
5 // Garnish the pasta with a little extra chopped basil to make it pretty!
This is one of the easiest (and most delicious) pastas ever. It tastes equally yummy cold as it does hot and the flavours seem to intensify when you reheat and eat it the next day. You can also customize this recipe with any other add-one you want – for example, my boyfriend loves it with chopped up bacon bits. If you’re feeling like having a lazy evening but don’t want another meal that comes in a take-out box, this quick and tasty dish is absolutely perfect. You can also eat it cold as a pasta salad for a light summer’s day dinner.
What’s your favorite lazy day recipe?