Eating alone. This is the grown-up edition and can be doubled if you would like to share. Warning: My kids wouldn't touch this with a ten foot pole!
I have no idea what to call this... I make it when I don't have kids to feed.
1 cup cooked pasta (use your favorite, I usually use penne and I don't measure)
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp butter
1 clove garlic
1 Tbsp minced shallot
1-2 roma tomatoes, diced with the seeds removed
3/4 cup frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
5 greek olives
1/2 tsp basalmic vinegar
1 Tbsp dried basil - be more generous if you have fresh
salt and black pepper to taste
You can add a few pinches of red pepper flake if you like hot, I usually do.
Cook the pasta while preparing the sauce.
Pour olive oil into a small saute pan over medium heat. Press the garlic into the pan and add the minced shallot. Cook for about a minute and then add the diced tomato, artichoke hearts and olives. When the tomatoes start to break down add the butter, basil, salt, pepper and basalmic vinegar. Allow it to cook another minute. Add the pasta and stir over heat for a minute or two and serve. If the sauce seems too dry, add a couple tablespoons of water when you add the pasta so it will coat the pasta well.
If you have fresh basil, sprinkle over the top with a little parmesan cheese. This is very nice with a glass of wine and a slice of Italian bread.
I don't know if this would really be "cheap" but I usually keep a bag of frozen artichokes around and I always seem to have a jar of olives and tomatoes that need to be eaten before they go bad. You can use frozen spinach if you don't have artichokes or don't like them. I've also tossed in some leftover chicken, feta cheese and capers when I had them laying around.
I'm not sure what to call this, so if you have any ideas - let me know!