Today, I'm featuring a flavor packed pasta dish for two that you can throw together quickly using common pantry items.  It's the perfect weekday meal solution, especially on a Monday night when -- if you are like me -- you are feeling less motivated in the kitchen.  

Since the pasta leans slightly more toward the indulgent side, I served it with a light side salad.

Pepperoni Pasta
Total Time: 15 minutes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes

What you'll need

1 1/2 cups uncooked large pasta shells 
1 cup garlic croutons
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese 
1/4 cup olive oil
about 2 ounces of pepperoni, sliced into thin strips
pasta water

1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
2. Meanwhile, add croutons and parmesan cheese to a food processor.  Pulse until well blended. 
3. Once pasta is cooked, strain the noodles and reserve the pasta water. 
4. Add olive oil to a medium saucepan; cook over medium heat.  Carefully add the noodles; mix well until noodles are well coated in the oil. 
5. Stir in crouton mixture and pepperoni slices.  
6. If pasta appears dry, add a couple of spoonfuls of pasta water until moist. Season with pepper to taste.
7. Serve with a side salad and enjoy!

04/03/2013 22:42

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