I find this time of year to be so busy, and hard to get inspired and get healthy meals on the table for the kids during the week. The days are so short, and we always have somewhere to be, which doesn’t leave a lot of time for cooking up a storm. One of the quick and easy meals I make is pasta. The kids don’t love spaghetti sauce, so I started just piling whatever we had on hand on top of the spaghetti noodles. That way I can make it a bit more exotic for my husband and I (olives and artichoke hearts anyone?) and more mainstream for the kids (cheese, chicken, tomatoes). You can really put anything you want on top of the noodles and it works. This recipe is our usual:
- spaghetti noodles
- grated parmesan and cheddar cheese
- diced tomatoes
- fresh basil, sliced thin
- sliced chicken or turkey breast
- artichoke hearts, sliced
- green olives, sliced
- olive oil
- freshly ground salt and pepper
- Cook the spaghetti noodles as per package directions.
- Drain and toss with a bit of olive oil to keep noodles from sticking.
- Sprinkle with meat and vegetables.
- Add a lot of cheese on top.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.