Pasta and Goodness

This was such a delightful weekend – we had absolutely nothing to do!  After the craziness of the holiday season we look forward to a time when schedules are much more relaxed and the most pressing decision is what’s for supper?  This was another go to the pantry and fridge and see what’s available suppers!  Sometimes those are the best kind!  Penne pasta, walnuts, sun-dried tomatoes, croutons, red onion and  red pepper flakes from the pantry; an orange pepper, pepperoni and mozzarella cheese from the fridge.  Ritchey declared this one of my best pasta dishes ever!

  • 3/4 pound penne pasta
  • salt
  • olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 orange pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 30 pepperoni
  • 1 cup of walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup of sun-dried tomatoes
  • pinch of red pepper flakes, or more
  • parsley
  • 1/4 pound mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup croutons, crushed

Bring a large pan of water to boil.  Add a handful of salt and the pasta – cook according to package directions.  In a large skillet over medium-high heat, drizzle olive oil.  Add onions and saute about five minutes.  Add pepper and garlic and saute for an additional two minutes.  Add the pepperoni, walnuts, sun-dried tomatoes and red pepper flakes and cook an additional two or three minutes.  Mix well.  Remove from heat.  Stir in the pasta and parsley.  Top with mozzarella cheese and croutons.  Put under the broiler for just a few minutes – until cheese melts.  Enjoy!

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14 responses to “Pasta and Goodness

  1. What no fruit? Kidding looks fantastic!

  2. This sounds great, Phyllis. When I make pizza, I always put some pepperoni aside for later use in some pasta dish. I’ve used crushed croutons for a baked chicken coating but never thought to use them to top off a pasta dish — until now, that is. Thanks for the idea!

  3. I love (what we call around here) Fridge-Cleanout Casseroles…you come up with such good combinations sometimes that they become regular meals…
    If you can remember what you did!
    I nominated you for a Kreativ Blogger award yesterday. Just so’s you knows! :D

  4. That is truly using what’s on hand!! Love the crutons!! Kinda like adding a breadcrumb topping but in chunks!! I bet it tasted amazing!!

  5. This just isn’t pasta, it’s pasta from heaven! Great recipe.

  6. Hello Phyllis
    Great recipe!
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    Greetings!

  7. sorry i am late.. is there any left!! those walnuts and sundried tomatoes must have hit the spot! c

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