While it’s not the best picture ever, the dish was quite tasty.
When I am home alone and need to make a meal, I turn to experimenting with pasta. It’s one of the few times I can get really creative and add inventive flavors. This recipe is not so over the top, in fact the overall flavor is very reminiscent of pesto.
I have a bag of walnuts that need to be used up so I started with a half cup (this is for 1-2 servings so adjust as needed). I roughly chopped them so they weren’t huge pieces and then fried them in a tiny bit of oil.
As they were heating, I started the pasta. The amount of spaghetti I cooked fit in the circle of my thumb and forefinger. Turned out that it was 2 plates worth of pasta.
To the walnuts, I added a good splash of lemon juice, salt and basil. Once my pasta was fully cooked, I added it to the frying pan with the walnuts and topped with about 1/2 cup of leftover peas.
My son came home as I was cooking and since we didn’t know if there was enough, he went to making his own pasta experiment. I share because he’s the one that pulled out the pepperoni. While I didn’t officially add it to the dish, you can see the little rounds at the top of the plate. The pepperoni added a nice spicy quality to the dish.
It’s simple and there’s no real recipe but I wanted to share because pasta is so versatile but it’s easy to get stuck in that idea that pasta is accompanied by sauce (often out of a jar). I love pasta with just a little lemon juice and salt and basil and cheese. I forgot to mention I added some parmesan cheese (the powdery stuff from the can because that’s what we have right now).
When I was pregnant my favorite pasta dish was spaghetti with fruit flavored vinaigrettes and sour cream. So weird I know but there is something about that sour, creamy, gooeyness that was perfect on warm days especially after my stomach had settled.
What unusual pasta creations are your favorite?