Today I wanted to eat pasta but was bored with the same old style. So I pulled some stuff out of the fridge and this is what I came up with. It not only tasted good with a slight peppery tang, but I was able to use up some odds and ends from the fridge. Served 2 so adapt for more people.
Rigatoni pasta (small tubes of pasta)
3 hot dog sausages (sliced into small pieces)
2 slices of peppered salami (cut into squares)
2 small chilli peppers (finely chopped)
½ red pepper (chopped)
3 spring onions (chopped)
5 cherry tomatoes (quartered)
½ tsp olive paste
1 tsp pepper paste
2 tsps pesto (basil sauce)
3-4 tbsps water
Salt and pepper to taste
A few cubes of strong white cheese
2 tsps parmesan cheese (to sprinkle over the top)
Put the pasta (however much you like – I used half a box for 2 people) into a pan of boiling water.
Fry the sausages in a little olive oil until slightly browned. Then add the peppered ham and chilli peppers. Cook for a few more minutes on a medium-low heat then remove from the frying pan to a seperate dish.
In the same frying pan (without cleaning it) add a little more olive oil and fry the red peppers and spring onions then add to the sausages. Now fry the tomatoes. Add a dash of Worcestershire Sauce.
Now add the olive paste, pepper paste and pesto and stir in. Add the water (you may need more depending on the consistency).
Return the sausage and ham back into the frying pan and mix well.
Allow it to simmer on a low heat until the pasta is ready. Salt and pepper as you like.
When pasta is ready strain it well and return to the saucepan.
Add the sauce to the saucepan and stir well.
Pour into large bowls and decorate with the small cubes of cheese and the grated parmesan.