Saturday, March 27, 2010

Master Plan Pasta

This dish was going to be called "can't wait for summer pasta" but I came up with it after a spray paint project that wasn't properly ventilated and apparently referred to it as my "master plan." In front of Chris and our neighbor Jake. Who won't let me hear the end of it. Thanks, guys.

Anyway, Wednesday was sunny and warm (for Michigan) and I was craving summer flavors: roasted red pepper, lemon, feta cheese. This was the delicious and simple result. I recommend it with New Holland Brewing Company's Cabin Fever brown ale. Yum.

"Master Plan" Pasta (serves 4)

  • 1 red bell pepper, roasted and coarsely chopped (it's easy - see instructions here)
  • half a large onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 can white beans, rinsed
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • olive oil
  • lemon juice
  • red pepper flakes to taste - go easy
  • 1/4 cup or more crumbled feta cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • four servings of your favorite cooked pasta (I used whole wheat macaroni)
  1. Heat olive oil in a pan; add onions and saute for five minutes.
  2. Add chopped pepper, garlic, beans, and red pepper flakes. Saute for another few minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Serve bean mixture over pasta, with a drizzle of olive oil, a few squeezes of lemon juice, salt and pepper, and a sprinkle of feta. Stir before eating.


  1. This recipe rocked, she was the woman with the master plan, peeling the flesh from peppers, frying onions in a flavorful olive oil, taking over the world, or not with this "Master Plan" Katie knows how to take over the palate immersing it in flavors from the light olive oil to the sweet almost caramelized white onion, to the bold adventure of roasted red pepper,topped with a pleasing hint of feta cheese that kept me wanting more, with whole gain macaroni and white beans it was as hearty as it was flavorful, I felt like this was a dish to be enjoyed outside on the patio on a warm summer night with good friends and a glass of iced tea,.. I don't know how much of this was inspired through accidental inhalation of noxious chemicals but let me tell you all it was a work of culinary mastery and wonderful flavors in a short time, if you want to WOW your friends with a light summery dish this is one to try!

  2. Thanks for letting me enjoy it!