Dinner and a Show: Pasta with Tomato, Basil and Olives

Things have been a little busy around here, what with a fifth wedding anniversary to celebrate with The Most Awesome Husband Ever In The Universe,

A friend’s wedding to attend and new outfits to purchase for wearing to said wedding, family in town, errands to run, kids to take care of, Mother’s day to celebrate, house to clean, and somewhere in there, food to eat. Oh, yes…the food! I knew I forgot something! We have had time only for boring leftovers or boring take out or boring peanut butter sandwiches. Bleeah.

Today, things have finally calmed down, and I was able to crack open my new Donna Hay cookbook and whip up one of her genius quick pasta recipes for a real dinner tonight. The one I chose was titled “Pasta with Tomato, Basil and Olives” and was done in a flash.

Really! See for yourself –

Start Time:

14 ounces fusilli
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 red onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1/2- 1 whole red chilli, seeded and minced
2 cans (14 oz each) peeled tomatoes
1/3 cup chopped basil
1/4 c. chopped black olives
cracked black pepper and sea salt
pinch sugar
parmesan cheese to garnish

Boil the pasta in salted water until al dente. Drain.
While the pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat and saute onion, garlic and chilli pepper until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, crushing them in the pan with a fork and simmer about 4 minutes. Stir in the basil, olives, pepper, salt and sugar. Toss the sauce with the pasta and serve with parmesan. Serves 4.

End Time:

End Result:

In all, it was a satisfying dish, but I did feel it needed more…ooomph. Perhaps a bit of red wine to deglaze the pan after the onions were tender? A bit more chilli pepper? I am not yet sure, but I will say that this recipe is so versatile, it will be easy to play with and make better and better every time. I would recommend it as a standby for busy nights, as you saw for yourself, it only took me twenty minutes, stove to plate!

Oh, yes, and the Show with tonight’s Dinner? Go here, and see for yourself what we entertained ourselves with, again and again and again……….

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6 thoughts on “Dinner and a Show: Pasta with Tomato, Basil and Olives

  1. BAH-ha-ha-ha-ha-haaaaaaaaa!! i’m loving the image of you guys eating dinner around the computer watching that video over and over again!

    yum, the pasta sounds great…does it come covered in chocolate? oh, no wait, nevermind…just my mindset this week.

  2. First of all, happy cheen-kway anniversary! Cheen-kway is five in Italian, but I’m learning on an audio-only disc, so have no idea how to spell it.

    Secondly- thanks for your comments in my archives, and, is YOUR story on here somewhere? I’d love to read it. Such lovely rings for lovely folk. What did you do for your anniversary?

    5th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
    Traditional Anniversary Gift: Wood
    Modern Anniversary Gift: Silverware
    Travel Anniversary Gift Ideas: Airline Tickets, Cruise

  3. thanks everybody!

    krys – that is an accurate picture of what we did – hahaha! i even clapped when the video was over (every time!)!

    bea – thank you! i have been very grateful for donna hay’s book in all our busyness! 🙂

    s’kat – HAHAHA!!! i had a great laugh over your happy “cheen-kway” anniversary wishes for me – thanks! haha! my story is not yet on here, and it is nowhere NEAR as intriguing and and alluring as yours, but i will share soon!
    to commemorate our fifth year we tried to go to FOUR different places to eat that were SUPPOSED to have live jazz. alas, no luck. so we ended our journey at a place called pita jungle, where the misters outside soaked me and everything in my purse and our shoes (it was gradual, and therefore unnoticeable until it was too late) ate the really good food (at least we had that going for us)until we could hardly walk ourselves to the car, went home and…..prepare yourself….fell asleep. romantic, eh? *sigh* we will make up for it in september, though, as we will be taking a week in vermont for ourselves. yay!

    nerissa – thank you!!! you should try this recipe – it really was that fast – i would recommend tweaking it a little to add extra flavor. 🙂

  4. Oh, no, I can’t believe you and your stuff got so wet! At least the food was good, and hey, after a meal like that, what else are you going to do? 🙂 I’ll look forward to hearing the story when you get around to it, and I’m sure it’s wonderfully romantic. A whole week in Vermont- score!

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