The other night I needed a quick meal and only had some odds and ends on hand in the way of ingredients. I just sort of threw everything together and it actually turned out pretty well - light and bright with the fresh tastes of summer. It's a very adaptable dish and thought I'd share what worked for me.
Anything Goes Pasta
1/2 box or more pasta of your choice (I had some mini bowties in the pantry so that's what I used)
2 cups tomatoes (I roasted mine at 425 for 15 minutes and topped with basil before adding to pasta)
1/4 cup peas
Big handful of spinach leaves, torn into small pieces
1 T chia seeds (optional, but I love to add them to everything to get my omega 3's)
2-3 T butter or margarine
1T olive oil
1 lemon, zested
1/2 lemon, juiced
1) Cook pasta according to package instructions. Roast your tomatoes at this time if you choose to do so.
2) While pasta is cooking, make the sauce by first melting the butter in a saucepan over low heat. Add the olive oil, lemon zest (you can just zest the lemon right into the pan), and lemon juice and keep sauce warm while pasta finishes up.
3) Drain pasta and add the spinach immediately so the warm pasta will start to wilt the spinach. Add the tomatoes, peas, and chia seeds. Pour the sauce over the pasta and stir to coat and combine all ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste.
This is just a quick version I came up with, but really anything goes. If you don't like peas, leave them out or add in another bean (next time I'll try cannellini beans - I think they'd go really well with the bright lemony flavors). If you want some crunch, toasted walnuts would be a great addition. If you don't have pasta on hand, I think rice would be a good alternative.