Pasta For An Easy Low Cost Supper
Easy suppers can be made up from some of your favourite things. Pasta makes a good low cost base for a simple supper and there very many ways of serving it starting from classic spaghetti bolognese. You can serve it with your favourite vegetables and any cream or tomato type sauces – spicey or not.
This pasta sauce dish was born out of my love of peppers and picking some up in the supermarket at a very low price as they were near their use by date but were of course perfectly edible.
A pasta and pepper easy supper is really tasty and very low cost. Add a bit of Italian hard cheese and a dash of pepper – perfect meal!
Red Pepper, Yellow Pepper
Peppers are lovely raw and added to stir frys and pasta sauces, but they are probably at their very best when they are roasted as that brings out their flavours and their sweetness. I enjoy stuffed peppers very much as they are roasted and then further baked. Serving the peppers with pasta is just a simpler way of getting that flavour.
It really doesn’t matter what colour pepper you use – it is a matter of personal preference. The red and yellow ones tend to bethe sweetest but I also love the taste of the green pepper. Just buy the ones you like best or that are available. Howvere red peppers are said to have more of the nutrients that peppers are plentiful in – vitamins C and A. Red peppers are simply ripened green peppers.
An All Year Round Vegetable?
Peppers are in the shops all year round and have become a staple of our diet now. English grown peppers are in season in the summer so much of what you buy comes from outsie the UK. The ones I bought for this dish came from Israel and Spain. The season is elongated in Britain by companies usch as Thanet Earth
Peppers go great with garlic and olives so these were the only other ingredients I uses apart from aprinkling of dried mixed herbs and some olives. Add a bit of ground pepper and a spoonful of grated parmesan (or your favourite Italian style hard cheese) and you have a really tasty meal for around £3.50 for four people and very easy to make.
Pasta – However You Like It
Use whatever pasta shapes are your favourite. Get whole wheat for extra fibre. If pasta is on offer, it is one of those things that is well worth taking advantage of as it keeps for along time and you know you are going to use it. It is such a good food for people on a budget – especially as supermarkets often do a low cost one in their basics range.
Is there a difference? Well only you can really decide – sometimes the differenc in price can be that there is little money spent on marketing. This discussion on the merits of different pastas is interesting and people definitely differ in their views. if you have a favourite pasta that you always buy, or if you buy the basics range – do put a comment after the recipe.
Peppers With Pasta
- 4 whole peppers, red, yellow or green
- 16 black olives
- 2-3 garlic cloves
- 100g parmesan cheese (or similar), grated
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs, or oregano or basil
- 400g pasta shapes
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C
- Cut the peppers in two
- With a sharp knife remover the pithe, seeds and stalk
- Place on a baking tray outside skin, up
- Brush well with olive oil
- Roast in the oven for about 30 minutes until soft and beginning to char
- With a sharp knife chop into small pieces
- Add crushed garlic cloves and halved olives
- Add the herbs
- Stir and retun to the oven
- Cook the pasta in plenty of boiling water according to pack instructions
- Stir the pepper mixture into the pasta and serve
- Sprinke with parmesan and black pepper to serve
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