Monday, September 27, 2010

Meatless Monday! Angel Hair Pasta

It’s amazing to me that so many of our meals center around meat. I was a vegetarian for about a year and struggled to create meals that did not center around omelets or salads that left me hungry in a couple of hours. My family is very active so Meatless Mondays need to have enough substance to make them feel satisfied when dinner is over.

One of our favorite meatless meals is angel hair pasta w/tomatoes, basil, and garlic served with a big salad. The pasta is a simple recipe from an old school cookbook, In the Kitchen with Rosie, created by one of Oprah’s former personal chefs.

Here’s the super simple recipe:

1 teaspoon olive oil

2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced

½ cup dry white wine

¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 cup chopped tomato (1 medium tomato)

8 oz angel hair pasta

¼ cup chopped fresh basil

2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Bring a large pot of water to boil over high heat and maintain at a boil.

Put the olive oil and garlic in saute’ pan and cook over medium heat just until garlic begins to brown. Remove from heat and pour in wine. Return to heat. Cook another 1 to 2 minutes, until wine has been reduced by half. Stir in lemon juice and tomato. Remove pan from heat.

Place pasta in boiling water and cook to desired doneness. Drain the pasta and put it into warm serving bowl. Add the basil, Parmesan cheese, and black pepper, along with tomato mixture. Toss and serve immediately.


  1. Hi Scottie,
    what a lovely simple and filling meatless meal. I totally know what you mean by having to ensure that meals have enough substance. I hope you don't mind me posting this here (I tried to find an email for you); I have a blog full of meatless meals to plunder over at and although I'm vegetarian I have a BIG appetite, so the vast majority of the recipes are really hearty and filling. No one goes hungry when I cook!

  2. great blog ! i will read up more and try one of those recipes ... lovely . im inpsired and being basic is so beautiful !!!! you inpire !!!

  3. @Fi - Thanks! I love your blog as well. Will definitely try some of your vegetarian recipes.

    @ Nasheikah - Thanks! You made my day!

  4. Angel hair is the only pasta I really love. Its so thin and clean. Lol. I like the idea of meatless Mondays. My BF won't be a fan but I think we are gonna be eating seperate meals anyway. He HATES vegetables. I am over arguing with a grown man with clogged arteries about his health. This recipe is awesome. I am gonna add you to my blogroll on my blog. Check me out.

  5. I checked out your blog - really like it. Thanks for commenting.