No doubt, appetites will be in full swing when dinnertime arrives, but don't get into a frenzy! Here's an easy preparation for an irresistibly delicious dish that will have your family sitting at the table in 30 minutes.
The trick is to have this short list of ingredients on hand or prepare the sauce ahead. Pantry items like canned lima beans, Kalamata olives, and capers bring the recipe to life by contributing zesty, pungent flavors that make a simple tomato sauce stand apart. You'll also notice that summer-grown tomatoes are so much tastier than tomatoes available during the winter season, contributing a more juicy, sweeter flavor to the dish.
As soon as you start the sauce cooking, begin heating the water for pasta of your choice. Because this pasta sauce is so easy, you'll even have time to assemble a hearty tossed salad to round out the meal.
And, by the way, you won't even mind the cleanup. With the water-sauté method of cooking, you won't be battling greasy dishes, pots, pans, or a greasy sink either. Cleanup is quick, because there's nothing greasy to cling to the pots or the sink.
WITH MEDITERRANEAN TOMATO SAUCE
Yield: 4 servings
1 large onion, cut in half vertically and sliced into thin half moons
1/4 cup (60 ml) water
3/4 to 1 pound (340g to 453g) pasta of your choice
1 (15-to 20-ounce, 424g to 567g) can giant lima beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup (60 ml) chopped parsley, for garnish
Note: If you can't find canned giant limas in your grocery story, look for them in Greek or Middle Eastern markets or cook 1/2 pound (226g) frozen baby limas and add them to the sauce.