Brent is in Miami this week for work, which means I am left here all alone with my pots, pans and TV remote. Now…Now, my life isn’t really that simple. I have other things to fill my free time besides cook and watch TV. I can’t remember what any of those things are right now, but I will let you know when they come to me. Typically I hate cooking for one and it’s equally harder to test full portioned recipes for this blog when I’m dining alone. I can’t stand watching excess food sit in plastic storage containers in the freezer.
My friend Deb suggested I share some “cooking for one” ideas on the blog because there are many single mothers out there that have small children with little appetites. That means she is essentially eating for one herself. “Brilliant,” I say. You don’t need to be a Food Network watching boy, like me, to enjoy the comforts of a single portioned meal. You just need to be someone who likes food that’s easy to make and with good flavor.
This recipe is a super dinner and only requires cooking the pasta. I like to use whole wheat penne pasta because it seems heartier and holds the pesto very well. Don’t be afraid about using a good jarred pesto either. It can be found it in the same section as pasta sauces. Also, the toasted pine nuts aren’t really required but I found they add a wonderful crunch and nutty flavor to the dish.
Pesto Pasta and Tomato for One
1 cup whole wheat penne pasta, uncooked
2/3 cup fresh cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup pesto sauce, jarred or homemade
3 Tbl. pine nuts, toasted
2 Tbl. parmesan cheese, shredded
salt and pepper to taste
Boil the pasta to desired tenderness in salted boiling water. Drain, pour the pasta back in the cooking pot and remove from the heat. DO NOT rinse the pasta in cold water. Gently stir in the pesto and tomatoes until evenly coated. Serve on your favorite plate, and top with the parmesan cheese and pine nuts.
Authors Note: It is important to bring your pesto and tomatoes to room temperature before cooking the pasta. The heat from the hot pasta “cooks” the tomatoes and helps bring out the natural flavors and juices.