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Mediterranean Pasta Dinner for Two

Happy Sunday!

It’s a gloomy day here, but today is a beautiful day. 🙂

If you lead a busy life like Heather and I, sometimes you need to plan a date night with that special someone! That’s exactly what I did last night with my sweetie. We took a trip to the Mediterranean. Here is my recipe for a yummy, easy, healthy dinner and an easy side dish.

I picked some fresh tomatoes and basil from our garden to use in this recipe. But you can use fresh ingredients from your local store or farmer’s market. This is a fresh dish that will be pleasing to even the biggest vegetable loather (my husband doesn’t like tomatoes but loves this dish!).

Here’s what you will need:

2 cups cherry (or similar) tomatoes, halved
3 garlic cloves, finely diced
2/3 cup basil, chiffonade
1/4 cup good oil
red pepper flakes, as hot as you like
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 pound angel hair pasta
1/3 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese

1) In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, garlic, basil, oil, pepper flakes, salt,  and pepper. Cover and let stand at room temperature for a minimum of 5 hours – to marinate (or can be stored in the fridge during the day if you are planning to make it later than 5 hours).


Add basil…

Add oil…

And mix…

2) When you are ready for dinner, boil water and cook the angel hair pasta as directed (should only take 4 to 5 minutes). Drain the pasta and put back in the pot. Add the marinated tomatoes. Mix in the cheese.

Cooked pasta…
Add marinated tomatoes…

Add the parm…

Viola! Dinner is served…

For a super simple side dish…here’s what you can do. At your local bakery or at the supermarket, pick out your favorite loaf of bread. We love ciabatta! It’s light and airy, but chewy and crisp on the outside.

I took half the load, wrapped it in foil, and put in the oven to warm it through.

Then stop by your local olive bar and pick out a few goodies…we chose olive tapenade, roasted garlic, and feta and olives. We dipped the bread in some oil and put some of our picks on top. So tasty! And a really easy, no fuss side dish (this is a perfect idea too if you are going to entertain). Less work for you!

This is a great meal for a little getaway! Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.

– Katie @ BloomEveryday

What’s your favorite meal that transports you?

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