I am a huge fan of the 15 minute meal. Some days, there just isn’t any more time than that to pull dinner together.
I’ve even got an eBook full of 15 minute meals. I frequently pull it out when I need something quick for dinner. A quick scan of the book, matched up with the items in my pantry will always yield a dinner idea.
This meal idea came from my mom. She had something similar when she ate out recently. I’m not sure what restaurant and I don’t know exactly how she fixed hers. There are many different ways you could take this, depending on what your family likes and what you’ve got in the pantry.
I happened to have a variety of bell peppers in the fridge, so I used them to add color and flavor. Doesn’t this pan of cooking peppers and onions look good?
Here’s what you’ll need for this quick meal:
- 1 lb. penne pasta
- 2 Tbs. oil
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 1 red (or yellow or orange), chopped
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 red onion, chopped
- 28 oz crushed tomatoes
- 1 tsp. basil
- 1 tsp. oregano
- 6 oz pepperoni (I used turkey pepperoni), cut in halves
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 cup Italian 5 cheese, shredded
- Cook the pasta according to package directions.
- While it cooks, saute the peppers, onions and garlic in oil in a large skillet.
- When the veggies are tender-crisp, add crushed tomatoes, basil, oregano and pepperoni.
- Cook over medium heat till pasta is done. Season with salt and pepper.
- Drain pasta and put back in cooking pan.
- Pour sauce over pasta and stir to combine.
- Serve with shredded cheese.