I call this lunch pasta because…it’s something I eat for lunch. Feel the literalness of that statement. (I did not know that ‘literalness’ was a word until I typed it and it didn’t get the squiggly red line underneath it. And then I had to Google it for confirmation. Mind = blown.)

This recipe is inspired by this one from Framed Cooks, and this one by Giada De Laurentiis. It’s quick and easy, and perfect for those days when you don’t want to bother with anything more than cooking some pasta. The predominant flavor is garlic, and then you have gooey cheese and juicy tomatoes. Yum. Variations on this are endless – use a handful of fresh basil instead of the dried herbs, use whatever kind of cheese you like, etc.

I would also eat this for dinner (and I think I’ve had it for breakfast once as well) but the husband turns his nose up at any pasta recipe that does not include meat and some sort of creamy sauce. Boo.

A word to the wise – you may have the dreaded Dragon Breath after eating this. Raw garlic is delicious, but not for the faint of heart. In other words, this is not a good date night dish.

Because only 2 people live in my house, I usually only cook pasta in 1/2 pound increments. To feed 4 (or more) use a full pound of pasta and double the rest of the ingredients. Easy peasy.

Lunch Pasta

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 clove garlic
A pinch or two of dried oregano
1 large tomato
1/3 cup cheese of choice (I used Monterey Jack. Brie would be amazing, and so would feta)
Salt, pepper
1/2 pound pasta, your choice of shape

Place the olive oil and butter in a large serving dish.

Mince the garlic as finely as you can, or grate it into the serving dish using a fine grater. Add the oregano to the dish as well.

Chop the tomato and cheese into small chunks. Add to the dish. Season this mixture lightly with salt and pepper, and mix well. Cover with plastic and set aside for at least 30 minutes and up to an hour.

Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain well, and add to the serving dish. Toss everything around to combine, and serve.

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