My husband is very low maintenance. And I love him for it. He will seriously eat anything I make for him. ANYTHING. It’s every chef-wanna-be’s dream come true. I mean, there are very few things he doesn’t like anyway, but even the things he doesn’t like (cauliflower and capers….that’s all I can think of) he will still eat them when I make them (I love them both).
Every Sunday I make a pasta salad for him to take for lunch at work. I make different variations, whatever I’m in the mood to make, but this one pops up a lot because it’s quick, easy and made up of some of my favorite Trader Joe’s products.
He always eats this pasta salad cold, but it is obviously creamier and just as delicious when it’s warm. I’ve used feta in it a lot, but goat cheese is the new preference. The goat cheese does make this dish very creamy and give it a specific tang that is nice. It won’t be creamy if you use feta.
I always get jarred roasted red peppers when I make this because the whole idea is that it’s something simple and delicious that I can throw together, but you can also roast a red pepper yourself. It’s so easy to do! All you do is char the outside of the pepper until the skin is black, seal it in a plastic bag or in a bowl covered with saran wrap for 15 minutes, then peal the skin off. Sealing it lets it steam which makes the skin slip right off. I like to char my peppers over the flame of our gas stove, but you can also broil them, turning every so often so that all sides are thoroughly charred. Either way, keep an eye on it!
I like to use orzo for my husband because I can stuff a lot of it into a small container for him to take to work, so I’m sure he’s getting enough to eat. You can use any pasta you want, though. Whatever is your favorite kind of pasta would work great!