I’m writing this quickie post on my iPad as the baby roams around the livingroom, getting into mischief. 😛 Actually, any mom will confirm that when there are babies/children around, no simple task is ever quick! Currently the baby has gotten into her big bro’s toys. The child left some of his toys downstairs and of course the baby discovered them, she is currently playing with his monster truck, wagon, cowboys, and army men. Apparently, the cowboys and army men are good teethers…? (Don’t worry, I made sure to check that she can’t hurt herself or accidentally swallow some parts.)
Anyways, I fixed a yummy dinner at the end of last week and I wanted to share. Sometimes I get so carried away in trying to find these super complex and fancy recipes on pinterest that I ignore the more simple dishes. And when Im running around like a chicken with its head cut off, easy is exactly what I need! What’s more simple then sketty?!
Im trying to be a less wasteful person, I already had the pasta and sauce in my pantry but I wanted to add to it to make it more delish. To the sauce I added onions, garlic, tomatoes, chick peas (in place of meat), and roasted bell pepper. Yum! If you’ve never roasted a bell pepper, try it! It’s easy and makes the pepper taste so much better. How to roast bell pepper in oven.
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 (15 oz) can chick peas, drained and rinsed
1 (14.5 oz) can fire roasted tomatoes
1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
1 roasted bell pepper
3 cloves garlic, diced
1 (24 oz) jar sauce — I like Bertolli Organic olive oil, basil, and garlic sauce
1 (13 oz) box whole grain spaghetti
On medium heat, in a lightly oiled sauce pot add onions, garlic, and chick peas. Cook 5-6 minutes. Add fire roasted tomatoes and roasted bell pepper. Cook 2-3 mins. Add sauce and tomato paste. Stir occasionally. Let simmer on low. Taste and add seasonings, salt, and pepper as needed. Let it simmer while cooking the pasta.
Cook pasta, al dente, as indicated on the box. Drain. Add sauce to pasta and cook on low, 2 minutes, to combine the sauce and pasta. Garnish with fresh basil. Serve and enjoy.