Thursday, March 25, 2010

More Fast Food

No, not that kind! :-)

Several weeks ago I was sent some samples of Bertolli pasta sauce through the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program. For weeks the sauce was sitting on my kitchen counter, and I was thinking of making something “great” with it. But somehow, I never got around to planning something “great.”

Bertolli Sauce 01
Today when I was just getting ready to “throw together lunch,” I saw the sauce yet again and decided to use it for a very fast and simple dish. While the dish is extremely simple and fast, it is also quite delicious. I used the  Bertolli Arrabbiata sauce, and it had a nice spiciness and went perfectly with the baby peppers and shrimp I paired it with.

  • 10 baby sweet peppers, sliced
  • 1 green garlic stalk, sliced
  • Olive oil
  • Cooked, leftover garlic shrimp
  • 1 jar Bertolli Arrabbiata sauce
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Brown rice spaghetti
  • Cilantro
What I Did
  • I started by sautéing the peppers and garlic in some olive oil.
  • Then I added the pasta sauce and simmered everything for about 12 minutes.
  • In the meantime, I boiled the pasta.
  • When the pasta was almost done, I took the pasta sauce off the heat and added the leftover shrimp to heat them through.
  • Then, I squeezed the juice of one lemon into the sauce. 
  • Finally, I tossed the cooked pasta with the sauce and added the cilantro.
Bertolli Sauce 02
Bertolli Sauce 03
Bertolli Sauce 04

Yes, this was truly fast food and a great way to use the sauce! The teenager and I each had a portion for lunch, and we both really liked it. And there is plenty left for the “boys” for dinner tonight… I love it when I don’t have to worry about dinner in the late afternoon… :-)

Questions: What’s your favorite “fast food?” What did you have for lunch today? 

Be well,


  1. Yum! That looks so fresh and delicious!

    I had chickpea salad for lunch; it's one of my faves!

    Oh, btw, I got my Amazing Grass winnings from your giveaway! So excited - thank you!

  2. Nice use of the sauce. I like the Four Cheese Rosa more than the tomato. I guess because it reminded me of Alfredo sauce. :)

  3. YUM! That looks delicious to me - I really liked that sauce!

  4. FABULOUS!! the picture of the bell peppers is especially stunning. also, thanks for your previous comment on the weather. And yes- the cold climate definitely makes me appreciate spring all the more!

  5. Anonymous3/25/2010

    I make a really quick pasta dish that my girlfriend dubbed, "The poor man's special" beacuse she created it in college. Whole wheat pasta tossed with some ICBINBL, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, parmesan cheese and crushed red pepper. I'll top it with a Morningstar Tomato & Basil Burger. Yum, yum, yum!!

  6. I love shrimp in pasta!!!

  7. What a nice and colorful dish!!
    My fave Indian fast food has to be bhel puri, in Singapore it was the quick stir fry noodles,hot off the wok on the roadside, in the US it would definitely be the hot dog!!

  8. That's funny that we posted the same thing!

    Your dish looks awesome!

  9. Anonymous3/25/2010

    Sounds like a terrific lunch, we really liked those sauces.

  10. Man, i just ate dinner, but then i take one look at this post and I'm hungry again, seriously. My very favorite is Italian, right there next to sushi. I love all the color with the peppers. I made fajitas the other day but man next time I'm goin' Italian.

  11. I love the colors of this dish! Let's see... for lunch yesterday I had a veggie burger and brussels sprouts.

  12. Pasta or omelets, probably.

    I am late in commenting so I haven't had lunch yet but the coconut red lentil soup I reviewed on my blog yesterday. Yum!

  13. My favorite fast food is brown rice and veggie wraps. They are healthy and so quick to make!

    Yours look amazingly delicious!

  14. Cilantro in a pasta dish - how creative! I have some baby bell peppers in the fridge leftover from salads this week and I think adding them to a red sauce is a great idea!

    Fast food - flax waffles! mmm!

    Have a great weekend, Andrea!

  15. Now this is my kind of fast food - the pasta looks terrific.

  16. I think nothing beats pasta for an easy weeknight dinner. When I'm pressed for time, I always reach for noodles -- either Italian or Asian -- to whip up something fast, effortless and delicious.

  17. Anonymous3/26/2010

    Ooh! That looks so good. I'm on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (see my blog), so I'd have to use spaghetti squash. Mmmmm!

  18. So darn pretty Andrea! Pasta is always a great "fast" dish. I had leftover noodle shrimp soup that I made the other day. My "fast" food is probably just pasta of some sort or to make eggs and toast.

  19. I use brown rice pasta a lot...I'm a big fan. And everything's better with shrimp ;)
    Haven't had lunch yet today but yesterday was a mix that I really enjoyed. I heated up a can of organic pinto beans, added a splash of white wine, some garlic, salt and pepper, chopped celery, onions and tomatoes, some turkey bacon and a boullion cube! Sounds random but it came out delicious.
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  20. I think your lunch looks great! I still have yet to try the cheese sauce from Bertolli. My favorite "fast food" is grilled ham and cheese.

  21. My "fast" meals are usually quick quesadillas in the microwave! YUM!

  22. Andrea @ CanYouStayForDinner.com3/26/2010

    Oh I love this meal- so colorful, fresh, and delicious! I'm a big fan of fast yet tasty ideas! I usually make a quick stir fry or even oatmeal when I'm pressed for time. I also find breakfast foods to work well any time of day because they are usually quick to prepare and are my favorite foods!
    For lunch I had a big old salad with hard boiled eggs and avocado, it was divine.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  23. That's look really good. I've never tried those sauces.

    My favorite fast food is a tomato based sauce/pasta dish.

  24. you made an EXCELLENT point re linkbacks and how they can disappear, i.e if the blog who has the orig recipe disappears, then all crashes and burns with the blog. That is an excellent point. I am going to mention this. But also tell readers that if you cant live without a recipe, write it on a notecard and stash it under your mattress :)

    Have a fabulous weekend, Andrea!!

  25. I've been eating horribly...too many girl scout cookies, fried foods, etc...but for lunch, I eat fairly well in the company cafeteria - lots of fresh greens for salads.

    I have several fast food options when time is limited. the most obvious is the frozen pizza.

    enjoy your weekend!

  26. What a great "thrown together dish"!

    I had leftovers from last night's dinner- spiced portabello with roasted tomtoes, eggplant, beans and rice.

    Have a great weekend, Andrea!

  27. Nice,lunch and dinner all in one!! this sounds so good. I love that you added shrimp. My brother has been eating shrimp since he was young, it's the one fish he tells me he eats when I ask him "have you had fish this week??" haha. Shrimp really is so good, especially in pasta dishes.
    For lunch yesterday I had spaghetti squash with ground turkey and TJs spaghetti squash, with fresh spinach on top, and nutritional yeast. It was deeeelicious! And quite simple (took 5 minutes).
    Have a great weekend Andrea!

  28. What a fancy lunch! It's nice that it was more special than just a sandwich or salad, but just as quick to make!
    My favorite quick meals or anything incorporating leftovers ;) I made brown fried rice last weekend and had it for lunch for the first few days of the week. I think I might do that again today!