I love simple things. I love simple colors, styles, clothes, furniture… and food.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m incredibly adventurous with food and am just as likely to eat a curry with a million spices in it, but sometimes — especially, I might add, during the blazing desert summer — I crave a simpler pallet.
My idea of simple is a bit different from the boy’s idea of simple, though. He likes what reminds him of simpler times; I like to appreciate the aromatics of a simple dish, if you catch my drift (I know I’ve stated on numerous occasions that all we would eat is mac and cheese, if he chose the menu.)
That said, I wanted to share with you one of my absolute favorite simple dishes, which I’ve come to call 4 Ingredient Pasta. The premise is simple, as are the ingredients: pasta (obviously), olive oil, and 2 veggies of your choosing. Of course, we can up the game and make it a 5 ingredient pasta by adding the one thing that I do believe all pasta dishes need:
Now, the veggies can be of your choosing — I’ve tried a multitude of combinations, myself. But my favorite is usually just plain old cherry tomatoes and a huge heaping of spinach.
The steps are easy: make the pasta while sautéing up the veggies separately. Once that process is done, it’s just a matter of mixing it all together with a drizzle of olive oil to bring out those extra, simple, subtle flavors.
And, of course, add the cheese.
You simply can’t forget the cheese.