You don’t need a lot of time to make something delicious. Even when I’m in a rush, I don’t want to give up eating something amazing! So, I was in a rush tonight for dinner, since I just got back from another trip home to Connecticut for my friend Lindsay’s Bridal Shower! Of course I managed to make it to the ocean while I was there too, yippee!
So without grocery shopping, I was able to whip this up tonight from a box of pasta and some frozen veggies & nuts. Best part, it took only (and exactly) 7 minutes from the time the water started to boil! Hope you give this a try!
EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
1 Roma Tomato
2 Garlic Cloves
Salt & Pepper
1/2 Cup Frozen Cut Green Beans
Handful of Pasta (rice pasta, quinoa pasta, whole wheat…)
Handful of Pine Nuts
Red Pepper Flakes
Vegan Parmesan Cheese
Start by boiling your pasta water then set your timer… this should only take 7 minutes! (well, I guess it really depends on which pasta you choose!) Drop your pasta, then while you’re waiting, heat some EVOO in a skillet then add in the minced garlic. Sauté for a couple seconds then add in the chopped tomatoes.
Season the garlic & tomatoes with some salt, pepper and Italian seasoning, then cook a couple seconds longer before adding in the green beans. They don’t even need to be thawed, they will warm through and cook in the pan for the remaining minutes. Season with more salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and stir occasionally as you wait for the pasta to cook.
Once the pasta is ready, reserve a small cup of the cooking liquid, and then drain the pasta and add directly to the sauté pan. Mix well, and add some cooking liquid if it seems too dry. Top with vegan parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes, and toasted pine nuts!