One easy Trader Joe's run= delicious veggie Good Friday dinner
(and way out-dated blog post! haha)
I am so lucky to live in a city where we have access to pretty much any ingredient or food item under the sun. I know this, and appreciate it very, very much...even the "little" things like having access to Trader Joe's- a store that I know is not in every state. I love TJs because they have great food items at reasonable prices.
This meal is 100% TJs items- which is what makes it SO quick, easy and affordable! However, I plan to deconstruct the dip soon- just to make my own version- so stay tuned for that if you live somewhere with no TJs. Or if you do your own, please post about it so I know how it turned out! I also took a photo of the ingredients in the dip and the dip itself so you can try to come up with your own version to make this yummy weeknight dinner~
2 spoonfuls kale spinach dip
2 handfuls of mini heirloom tomatoes or cherry tomatoes, halved
3-4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
Tomato paste (2-3 tablespoons)- Trader Joe's also has a great squeeze tube of tomato paste for when recipes call for just a bit- or try this trick
Add a few tablespoons olive oil to a pan, over medium heat- add the garlic and sautee a few minutes, until tender. Meanwhile, bring water to a boil in a a sauce pot and cook pasta (how ever long it says on the pasta package- deduct 1-2 minutes)
Add tomatoes and bell pepper to garlic in the pan and stir about 5 minutes.
You could totally add some chili flakes here too for a little kick!
Drain pasta and reserve about 1/4 cup of the pasta water.
Put hot pasta in a large bowl add a splash or two of the water, add the contents of the garlic, tomato, pepper pan, 2-3 T of tomato paste, a handful or two of grated Parmesan, and a few spoonfuls of the spinach dip.
Add salt and pepper to taste, top with additional Parmesan and dried chili flakes.