Didn’t know what I was going to make for dinner tonight and then remembered that I haven’t had pasta in far too long. And then I remembered the zucchini, tomato and red pepper I had in the fridge and my mind was made. I whipped up this extremely delicious pasta dish in just about half an hour! SO simple to make – AND DELICIOUS!
Whole wheat tomato rotini with grilled zucchini, tomato and red pepper
- Half a well scrubbed zucchini cut into 1 cm discs
- Half a red pepper seeded and quartered
- 1 plum tomato seeded and quartered
- 1 small onion cut into thick discs
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat rotini
- 1/2 – 1 cup tomato sauce, to taste
- 1-2 cloves garlic
- Tablespoon of butter
- Salt, pepper and basil to taste
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil mixed with 2 extra minced cloves garlic and salt and pepper to taste
- Fill a large pot with at least 6 cups salted water and bring to a boil.
- Preheat grill and arrange zucchini discs, red pepper and tomato quarters. Spread with extra virgin olive oil and minced garlic, and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side. Leave zucchini and red pepper on grill when finished cooking to keep warm!
- Meanwhile melt butter in fry pan and saute onions. When onions are almost done add a clove or two of garlic, to taste. Pour in tomato sauce, salt, pepper and basil. Add tomatoes ONLY from grill.
- Boil pasta according to directions on box. After 8-9 minutes remove a piece and test how tender it is, this is really the only way to see if it is done! Drain pasta but DO NOT rinse with water. Check out this recipe by Michael Smith as he explains the best way to cook pasta. (Rinsing the pasta removes starch that the tomatoes stick to, doing so will make your sauce slip right off your noodles.)
- Toss drained pasta with tomato sauce and put on plate. Cut red pepper into smaller portions and arrange on pasta with zucchini.
For this batch of pasta I added the tomato, as well as the red pepper and zucchini to the sauce and tossed with the noodles. Both ways are equally as delicious, it just depends what kind of presentation our are going for!
I paired this delicious pasta with a few slices of garlic bread. I didn’t have any good french or italian bread so I took a very sharp knife and sliced a couple slices of regular loaf bread top to bottom to produce two very thin slices. I topped these thin slices with garlic butter and cheese and set under a broiler on high for 3-4 minutes (or until cheese is melted).