Pasta is one of the favorite dishes for guys in college and beyond. It is cheap, quick to prepare, and tastes really good with the right sauce. One of my roommates used to make pasta multiple times a week. When I would ask him how he could eat so much pasta, he replied with “I’m Italian”. Even though the rest of the roommates didn’t have that going for them, we would still eat pasta quite frequently.
When I first became GF, I ate a ton of brown rice pasta. It was pretty good, but it took about 20 minutes to cook, and I wasn’t exactly in love with the taste. Then one day, I ran into quinoa pasta at the store. It cooks in only 6-9 minutes, and I thought it tasted quite a bit better than the brown rice alternative. Since then, I have stuck with the quinoa pasta religiously for all my pasta cravings.
Here is an easy meal that I cooked a couple days ago that is really full of flavor and also inexpensive. I think all the ingredients combined cost me about $10, and I got multiple meals out of it. The amount listed below will serve two people easily:
- 2 cups quinoa pasta
- 1/2 cup chopped broccoli
- 2 large Italian sausage links (I used chorizo sausage from Whole Foods)
- 1.5 cups marinara pasta sauce
1. In a large pot, bring about 4 cups of water to a boil. Pour in the 2 cups of quinoa pasta.
2. On a separate burner, start cooking your (chopped up) sausage in a skillet. There are dozens of different varieties of sausage and they all have differing means of preparation, so go by the directions on the package. My chorizo sausage had to be cooked in a skillet for about 7 minutes before it was done.
3. After the quinoa pasta has been cooking for about 5 minutes, dump the broccoli in with it.
4. Let the pasta/broccoli boil for about 3 more minutes, then remove from heat.
5. Use a strainer to get rid of the water, then place the pasta and broccoli on a large plate. Dump the cooked sausage on top of the plate.
6. Heat the marinara sauce in a small pot on medium heat for a couple of minutes, until it is heated through.
7. Pour the sauce onto your pasta plate.
8. Serve and enjoy!