Prep Time: 5 mins.
Cook Time: 20 mins.
Simple is better.
Have you ever bumped into impossible recipes? Scary recipes that are so complicated, containing unfamiliar techniques, special equipment and hard-to-find ingredients, that no one could possibly understand them, never mind make them? (Like the famous Pâté de Canard en Croûte that was featured in "Julie & Julia"? The seven page long recipe that starts off with deboning a five-pound duck). Most of them are hell to make, take hours, and in my honest opinion, are not really worth any of the trouble.
Not having a clue of what to make for dinner, I checked out my pantry and fridge. My friend Sonia brought us a big bag of lemons from her backyard, which I’ve been using for lemonade. My friend Pedro brought us a big bag of homegrown grape tomatoes. I had some pasta and extra virgin olive oil in the pantry; garlic and red pepper flakes and decided to put everything together and came out with a great dish -simple, light and bursting with flavor
Grape Tomatoes and Lemon Pasta
- 1 pound pasta
- 4 cups grape tomatoes
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 4 tbsp. lemon juice
- 3 tbsp red pepper flakes
- Sea Salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
1. Cook pasta in boiling salted water until al dente. Drain well, drizzle a little olive oil and keep warm.
2. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Add the tomatoes, lemon juice, sugar, salt and red pepper flakes. Cook about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Add the pasta to the sauce and stir well to combine. Serve warm.
Isn’t simple better? Healthier? Less expensive? And delicious? If you don't have recipes, just throw together what ever you happen to have on hand. That’s what I do every day and I end up with the tastiest dishes- like my delicious rice and beans which is basically brown rice and black beans with coconut oil, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper.
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication-
Leonardo Da Vinci