Thursday, January 8, 2009

Meat-free, Husband-free Pasta with Grape Tomatoes

I love my husband (obviously), but sometimes I really miss the single days when I would be perfectly happy having a bowl of Cheerios, a bowl of popcorn, or a bowl of pasta for dinner. Something about eating dinner out of a bowl makes it so much easier to curl up on the couch and watch TV.

These days, Joe would already be on the phone with the pizza guy if I tried to serve him a dinner that just fit in a bowl and didn't contain meat. So, the other night when he made last minute plans to meet a friend at a bar for dinner, I happily headed home to make myself a single-girl dinner. Always a standby, I just mixed some pasta with ingredients I had on hand!

(for one!)

grape tomatoes
1/2 shallot (diced)
1 garlic clove (minced)
olive oil
italian seasoning
chives (can you tell I have fresh chives this week!)

- Saute the garlic, shallots, tomatoes, salt, pepper and italian seasoning in the olive oil.

- Meanwhile get the pasta going.

- The tomatoes need about 10 minutes to get soft, you know they are ready when you press lightly with a wooden spoon and they break open. I did this with all of them so it made a light tomatoey sauce.

- Mix in the pasta (drained and cooked) and season to taste, add the chives for garnish.


  1. Sounds so familiar.

    I love a bowl of popcorn for dinner! My husband yells at me and insists it's not dinner (but of course, it is!). :)

    Sounds like a great meal!

  2. I'm with you on easy, simple & meatless meals when the husband is away! Looks great!