Okay so I'm on diet and it sucks because I've been depriving myself of pasta. Bad times. Well, I've come up with a light & healthy pasta salad that you guys can try if u need to lose a few pounds and not give up pasta meheh.
If you want a richer flavour, you can swap the grape tomatoes with the sun dried ones from the can.
Oh and before I end this recipe, I would like to bitch about how bloody expensive capers are in my country. 10 fricking bucks for a really tiny bottle!
Enough Penne or Fussili pasta for 1 person
4 - 6 grape tomatoes (or cherry tomatoes)
Some fresh basil leaves
5 black olives
A handful of mixed lettuce
2 tspn capers
1 tbspn olive oil
1 tbspn pasta water
Some crushed red peppers
Freshly grated parmesan cheese
Salt & Pepper
Fill a pot with water, throw in some salt and cook the pasta til al dente. Basic stuff I'm sure everyone knows, oui?
While waiting for the pasta, slice the tomatoes and olives in half. Of course you can eat them whole if you like but I like to fool myself into thinking that I'm eating a lot more than I actually am ;D
Strip the basil leaves from the stalk and chop em up too!
Once the pasta's cooked, you can drain the water but do remember to leave a tablespoon or so of the remaining pasta water for the salad!
Dump the pasta in a bowl and throw in them sliced tomatoes, olives, basil leaves and capers.
Pour in the olive oil and pasta water.
Season with the crushed red peppers and the salt & pepper.
Grate lots and lots of some parmesan cheese on top and serve. Good times.
(If you can, try not to use ready-made grated parmesan they sell in packets or bottles at the supermarket, grating it fresh from the block of cheese really makes a big difference.)
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