The Ultimate Healthy Comfort Meal After A Stressful Day
Between noisy neighbors, long work days and delayed commutes, living in a big city can take its toll. It’s always nice when you have a bit of greenery around you to balance it out. Even better when it’s something you’ve grown and can eat. In my effort to live a more sustainable life, I began growing some basil this past spring and it’s been incredibly rewarding.
Did you know that Basil is a rich source of vitamins A, B6, C, and K and minerals such as iron, manganese and magnesium? Pretty awesome for a plant that’s sometimes mistaken as a garnish. With my plant in full bloom, I decided to do some pruning and make a quick 20-minute comfort meal.
1 large handful of basil (washed)
1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes
Baby bella (cremini) mushrooms
3/4 cup of grated / flaked cheese
1 -2 servings of pasta
6 tablespoons of olive oil
Since this is a quick meal that comes together pretty easily, it’s best to do things in tandem.
In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Salt the water (be generous here) and cook the pasta according to package directions. Your pasta should be al dente, i.e. firm to the bite, and of a wheat or vegetable variety.
While your pasta is cooking, clean, prep and slice the sun dried tomatoes and mushrooms. With a few tablespoons of olive oil and a hot pan, sear the mushrooms. Once they begin to take on color, add in the sun dried tomatoes.
A quick note: sun dried tomatoes can be a bit of an acquired taste. If you don’t care for them, subsitute Cherry or Roma tomatoes.
At this point your pasta should be done. Drain into a colander and save a half cup of the pasta water. This is where everything comes together.
Lower the heat on the pan and toss in your basil leaves whole. Add a a little of your pasta water and the rest of the olive oil to create a bit of an emulsion/ base.
You can absolutely go rogue here if you need extra comfort. For a creamier base, toss in a tab of butter and a splash of heavy cream for a more dense sauce. Add in the cheese at this point so it starts melting.
Here you have it! Quick, simple and easy pasta for a good ol mid-week comfort session.
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