Dinning In...

I have rediscovered the joys of cooking since we have come home from the hospital.  Now, keep in mind this doesn't mean that I'm cooking crazy complicated menus.  But, I do enjoy making healthy meals that are tasty!  I've also really worked to incorporate local fruits and veggies into my weekly menus.  

This Saturday night, I took advantage of the last of the heirloom tomatoes.  What better to showcase these tomatoes bursting with flavor than a simple pasta?  So, here is a quick and easy pasta that a great substitute for a meal out.  

First, put on a large pot of water to boil and add a nice amount of salt.  When it comes to a boil, add a box of whole wheat penne pasta.  

While you start your pasta slice a couple of pounds of heirloom tomatoes.

Once your pasta is cooked, you will need to reserve about a cup of the liquid from the pot.  

Have a four ounce roll of goat cheese ready to slice up. 

Drain the pasta and add back to your pot along with the tomatoes.

Next, add in your goat cheese and stir in until melted.  Add reserved liquid as needed to make a sauce.  Its important to do this while the pasta is still hot so it all melts together.

Add some fresh cracked pepper.  You can also add chopped basil to taste.

Its a great creamy, light sauce that makes a great meal with a salad, some fresh bread and a glass of wine.  You also have some great leftovers for lunch!  

No secret, life has certainly changed.  Our weekend nights out have been traded for staying in with our little man.  And that's okay.  Having a few tricks up my sleeve for a good meal makes it less hum drum!  

Try out this pasta for a quick weekend or week night meal.  This is a meal that is sure to be a family favorite!

Whole Wheat Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Cheese
2 pounds of heirloom tomatoes, chopped
1 box of whole wheat penne pasta, 16 ounces
4 ounces of goat cheese
chopped basil to taste

Place a large pot of water on to boil with plenty of salt.  When boiling, add pasta and cook until tender. Reserve 1 cup of liquid and drain.

Add the pasta back to the pot.  Add tomatoes and goat cheese.  Stir quickly adding reserved liquid as needed to make a sauce.

Add chopped basil to taste along with fresh cracked pepper.