So, you know that awesome feeling when you know that dinner is in the slow cooker and you don’t have to scramble and figure out what to make for dinner when you get home? As long as you remembered to actually turn it on before you left the house? Which yesterday, I didn’t. Ugh so annoyed. Now what? My husband was working so it was just me and Isabella and I was about 3 minutes away from saying let’s just go out. But, I decided to stop and see what I could pull together with no prep with what I had in the house. I had a box of Quinoa pasta (For more of my pasta alternatives, check out my post) so I decided to see what I could make with that and what else I had-quickly. From what I already had in my kitchen, I decided to make Penne with Cherry Tomatoes and Capers. The result was delicious, fresh, and easy! Feel free to use whatever type of pasta you have in your pantry.
The best part? Isabella wanted the left overs for lunch tomorrow! A quick and easy dinner AND not having to make lunch the next day? Mom Win!
Penne with Cherry Tomatoes and Capers
2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
4 garlic cloves, sliced thin
1 pint Cherry or Grape Tomatoes, Halved
2 Tablespoons Capers, rinsed and drained
1 Tablespoon fresh oregano leaves chopped, or 1 teaspoon dried
1/2 teaspoon Fresh ground black Pepper
1 Box Penne of choice (We used Quinoa Penne. Good protein source and Gluten-Free)
Grated Parmesan Cheese (Substitute Braggs Nutritional Yeast for a dairy free dish!)
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt the water, add the pasta, and cook 1 minute less than the package directions.
While the pasta is cooking, heat Olive Oil in a large saute pan.
Add the onion and the salt and saute until softened (about 5 minutes)
Add the garlic and cook for two more minutes.
Add Tomatoes, capers, and oregano and cook until tomatoes begin to soften (approximately 5 minutes). Add drained pasta to the pan.
Toss all ingredients together and cook for a few minutes to combine flavors. Top with Parmesan cheese and black pepper.