Think about spending $12 for a plate of pasta at some Italian bistro. You can make it better, faster and cheaper at home with a few simple ingredients
1 can of Rotel (diced tomatoes with chiles) (or w/o chile)
1/2 Lb pasta noodles wheat or regular. You can use rigatoni, shells, farfalle angel hair or whatever.
6 gloves garlic
1 small onion
1 small 4oz can of chopped green or calmata olives
cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cracked black pepper
1/2 cup shredded parmesan
Put the noodles in a glass bowl and cover with 2 cups of water and microwave on high for 10 min
The noodles should be a little al-dente (not mushy)
Chop the garlic and onion finely and soften them in a large skillet with the olive oil salt and pepper.
Once the garlic and onions start to get soft add the olives and can of tomatoes.
Cook this on med high on the stovetop for about 3 min then lower the heat to medium.
Once the noodles are done, dump them water and all into the sauce pan.
Mix the noodles with the other ingredients for about 3 more min on med high heat.
Pour the pasta into a serving bowl and sprnkle the parmesan on top.
I just serve it with some garlic bread and a glass of wine.
The total cost of this meal will be under $10 and it will serve 3 really hungry adults.