Getting back into everything today was a little rough, but I'm currently lounging outside on my patio enjoying some delicious food. The next few weeks are going to be pretty crazy around here. The semester's starting to wind down, which really only means that there are lots of tests, papers, and presentations looming in my near future. The nice part about it is that graduation is coming up, and then I only have one more big step before becoming a real, grown-up attorney...passing the Bar Exam. It's been a long road, but I'm beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It's all very exciting.
If you've been on my blog at all recently, you can probably tell that I have been on a spicy kick lately. I got home from work late and was starving, so I figured a quick and hearty pasta would do the trick. I love Cajun spices, and I was craving kidney beans....so I mixed the two with some tomato sauce, and voila! I ended up with a spicy and flavorful pasta dish in less than 20 minutes. This is perfect for any time, but it's especially perfect for nights when you're starving and just want to get out on your patio to enjoy the gorgeous Spring weather.
1 package penne
1 2/3 cups tomato sauce
1 15.5 oz. can kidney beans, drained
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 1/4 tsp. sea salt, divided
Cajun Seasoning, to taste (I used about 1 tsp.)
Dash of black pepper
Dash of dried basil
Total Cook Time: 20 minutes.
Instructions:1. Pour 1 tsp. of the sea salt in a large pot of water. Pour the pasta in and stir. Add the chopped garlic, and continue cooking according to package directions.
2. While the pasta is cooking, add the kidney beans, remaining 1/4 tsp. of salt, Cajun seasoning, black pepper, and basil to a medium saucepan. Cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes, and then stir in the tomato sauce.
3. Cook the sauce and beans on medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes. It should thicken. Turn the heat down to medium-low if the sauce begins to splatter.
4. Once the pasta is ready, strain it and return it to the pot. Add in half of the sauce and stir. Top with the remaining sauce and serve.