It doesn't get much easier than this for a comforting weekday meal that the whole family will love! It's packed with nutrients and the best thing about this recipe is that it can be adapted depending on what you have on hand using common pantry staples!
Ingredients (2 servings)
1.5-2 cups dried pasta (see notes)
1 tablespoon olive oil or butter for frying
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 onion, finely chopped
2-3 cups chopped veges - whatever you have on hand (I used courgette, beans, capsicum mushrooms and broccoli)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 can chopped tomatoes
Herbs and spices of choice (basil, parsley, paprika)
Source of protein - 1 drained can of kidney/black beans/200-300g shredded chicken/1 drained can of chickpeas OR a mixture!
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Parmesan or other grated cheese to sprinkle (optional)
Cook pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water according to packet directions.
While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil or butter in a large frying pan then cook the onion and garlic until softened and fragrant.
Stir tomato paste and herbs through the onion and garlic.
Add the remaining chopped veges and stir fry until almost cooked through (add any softer vegetables such as mushrooms toward the end of cooking).
Reduce the heat to medium and pour the canned tomatoes into the pan, stirring.
Stir through your protein source, season with salt and pepper then allow to simmer for around 5 minutes. You may need to add a little boiling water (or stock) if the mixture isn't 'saucy' enough!
Drain the pasta and rinse in cold water.
Stir the pasta into the pan containing the vege and tomato mixture and continue cooking for a couple of minutes until heated through.
Divide into serving bowls and sprinkle with cheese if desired.
Notes: I used Pulse Pasta as it is higher in protein, naturally gluten free and high in fibre.
Make this recipe your own! Play around with your protein and veg choices, or even the type of pasta! A bit of bacon with chicken would be pretty yummy!
This recipe is also great for next day leftovers as it travels and reheats really well.