Pesto pasta is currently my go-to fast meal. Takes as long to make as it does to cook the pasta. And hubby loves it every time! I have been buying pesto at my local farmers market, but any pesto will do great. What you will need:
1 box of favorite pasta, I have been enjoying quinoa penne pasta
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, washed and sliced in half. Can use regular tomatoes, but the juice will make the dish a bit watery
1 container baby spinach
1 block mozzarella cheese, diced or torn into smaller pieces. I usually use Miyoko’s mozzarella, but any will work. If using Daiya, the flavor is stronger and thus less than the entire package might be good
1 can white beans, drained and rinsed
4oz of pesto, more if you love pesto like I do
Cook pasta according to package directions. Place beans, pesto, cheese, and spinach, with the spinach on top, in a large microwave safe bowl and cook for 90 seconds to wilt the spinach. Stir in pasta and tomaoes. Serve immediately. Yummers!!
Yummers! If you like Daiya cheese and miss the days of easy mac and cheese, this is wonderful. I have only tried the cheddar style so far, but was not disappointed. Gluten free and a packet of ready to go cheese makes for a wonderful and easy treat. I say treat because it is high in calories. A side dish or snack to share for sure.
This is the good stuff. And should be made ahead. What you will need:
1 box pasta, I used quinoa pasta to keep gluten-free
1 package savory tofu, cut into thin slices
1 red bell pepper, cut into thin slices
1 cup diced green onion
1 cup julienned carrots
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, the key to great tasting cilantro is to only use the leaves. Keep all stems out
1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
2 tsp liquid aminos
2 TBS sugar
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp ground ginger, I used dried
1/4 tsp hot sauce and more to taste
Cook pasta to package directions. While cooking pasta, mix wet ingredients and spices in a separate bowl. Rinse cooked pasta under cold water and mix with the tofu and vegetables in a large bowl. Pour sauce into large bowl and mix everything well. Let chill in fridge. Serve over baby spinach. Yummers!