Makes one serving.
This dish is so quick, easy, and delicious. You too may feel guilty when you prepare it. This one bowl meal is perfect when you're in a hurry.
Why do I feel guilty about this dish? For starters, I get the basil pesto and chili salsa from the deli section at the market. There are excellent recipes for these items in The Joy of an Empty Pot, so I generally make these from scratch. After all, I am a cook, right? But that was not the case for this recipe. I had run out of our fresh pesto sauce and I did not have any leftover salsa in the fridge. But I was hungry, actually ravenous, after coming back from a long day in town. So I needed something tasty, filling, and quick to eat. I chose angel hair pasta because it only takes 5 minutes too cook. Then I added the basil pesto because I love basil and it only takes a few seconds to stir it into the pasta. When I returned the pesto to the refrigerator, the chili salsa from the deli was staring me in the face. It was begging to be added to the bowl. I figured why not? It wasn't Italian, but it was made with tomatoes, which was close enough for me.
So where is the pleasure? The pleasure is in its simplicity and the eating. This combination is very satisfying and easy to prepare. If you are a Type A personality, you could probably prepare this dish, enjoy the results, and clean up your mess in under 30 minutes.
3 ounces Angel Hair Pasta
(slightly less than ¼ lb.)
1 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons fresh basil pesto
1 teaspoon olive oil
¼ cup fresh chili salsa
1. Fill a 2-quart saucepan with warm water, leaving enough room for the pasta. Place over high heat and bring to a boil. Stir in the salt and gently add the pasta.
2. Stir frequently to keep the pasta from sticking together. Cook and stir for 5 minutes. Drain the pasta and return to the saucepan.
3. Add the pesto and olive oil. Quickly stir together until well blended.
4. Place the pasta in a bowl and add the fresh chili salsa on top.
The amounts of pesto and fresh salsa are very flexible. Add more pesto and/or fresh salsa if you like. My preference is to add a little more of the salsa. As far as I am concerned, you can never have too much salsa.
And that's it. Pretty easy, right? For a larger meal, you could probably prepare a quick salad and heat a roll while preparing the noodles.
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