Remember the Rosemary Garlic Oil from the potato Jos recipe? Well I thought “Hmm, wouldn’t that be amazing with some tomatoes and quinoa/corn pasta”? and you know what? It. Was.
I wanted to blog something like “Oh, check out this awesome 10 minute recipe!” so I timed it. 40 minutes. D*mn my water boils slow! Dinner prep time was something like 4 minutes. So I can’t send this one into Rachel Ray, but it’s worth it.
Rosemary, Garlic Quinoa/Corn Pasta with Tomatoes (2 big servings)
- 1-2 sprigs of dried rosemary or (3 T)
- 1/3 c olive oil (or enough to cover blender blades)
- 1/4 c balsamic vinegar
- 2-3 cloves garlic
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 8oz package quinoa/corn linguine
- 2 vine tomatoes
- 1/2 c chopped fresh basil (dried simply will not do here)
- 1/3 c grated romano or parmesan cheese
- Start boiling water 20 minutes ago. Add in 1/2 of the salt and pasta when water is boiling (this pasta takes 6-9 minutes to cook).
- Make your rosemary garlic olive oil: in a blender combine the rosemary, olive oil, vinegar, salt and garlic (makes about 3/4 c sauce)-adjust to taste if necessary. Blend until smooth with flecks of rosemary. Add in 1/2 of the basil and blend for a few pulses.
- Chop tomatoes and grate cheese (if necessary).
- Once pasta is done, drain and pour in sauce. Fold in tomatoes, cheese and the rest of the basil. For instructions on food folding there is a great tutorial in Sleeping Beauty with the birthday cake.
You are just a food powerhouse here.
You’ve got your good and filling fat with the olive oil. You also get a high concentration of phenols which are potent antioxidants. It’s incredibly heart healthy due to the oleic acid in the monounsaturated fat. (Fat!=Good!). Monounsaturated fat raises HDL (good!) and lowers LDL (bad!) cholesterols. Researchers at Oxford have found that a diet rich in olive oil was associated with a decreased risk of bowel cancer. But remember, extra virgin, as this is the first unrefined pressing of the oil. I believe Rachel Ray calls it “EVOO”.
You have fantastic fiber with the quinoa/corn pasta. If you eat the 8oz box between 2 people you get 8 g of fiber and 8 g of protein each; also 410 calories and 96 g carbs. Even with the brown rice pasta you only get 4 g of fiber for the same serving, the rest is about the same.
Anti-everything with basil. Antioxidant, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral…seriously!
Vitamin Central! Lycopene, Vitamins A, B and C are abundant in tomatoes. Lycopene has researchers that it shows significant reduction in prostate cancer. I do say vine-ripened because tomatoes grown in hothouses have 50% less vitamin C as vine-ripened and commercial tomatoes are artificially “ripened” with ethylene gas (Johnny Bowden, 150 Healthiest Foods).
So, get some water boiling!