Difficulty: Easy

This week's recipe is actually my own concoction. I call it weeknight pasta for the simple fact that it's easy to make during the week, after you've worked all day, suffered through the commute, and realized that when you get home, your stomach will be demanding some sort of healthy meal. It's also good for using leftover meat that might be sitting in your fridge. The ingredients are vague and can be substituted based on what you have, or how many people you are serving. Plus there are only a few fresh ingredients, which makes it easy to make from the items in your pantry.

2 servings pasta noodles, any variety of your liking
1/2 c. pesto sauce
1 c. cooked Italian sausage, or can be substituted with sliced chicken, etc.
1 c. marinated and roasted bell peppers
2 t. Pine nuts
2 slices bread such as sourdough, french, or even sandwich bread
Grated Parmesan Cheese
Butter or butter substitute

Begin by boiling water. While the water is coming to a boil, prepare bread by spreading a small amount of butter and sprinkling with grated Parmesan. When water is ready, cook pasta according to directions. While pasta is cooking, cook Italian sausage and peppers in small sauce pan over medium heat for 5 minutes. Pour pesto sauce in pan and cook until warm. Place bread in toaster oven or under oven broiler for 5 minutes, or until crisp. Drain pasta when cooked and plate. Pour sauce over the pasta, then sprinkle with pine nuts and Parmesan cheese. Place each piece of toast on the side of plate. Serve.

Unfortunately I don't have any pictures, but i will be making pasta this evening when my cousin comes over, so I might share at a later date!

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