Crispy, salty breakfast potatoes are a key component of a lazy morning breakfast. This recipe combines a few basic spices and seasonings with some oil and a potato. The result is our favorite roasted potatoes.
A few notes:
This recipe is for one generous portion of breakfast potatoes, but can easily be multiplied to create more servings.
I used a yellow potato for this recipe, but I sometimes use russet potatoes. Either is fine. If you use russet potatoes, make sure to peel them first. I do, however, leave the skin on my yellow potatoes.
I use Kosher salt for my roasted potatoes, but you can substitute table salt. Sometimes the Kosher salt will give the potatoes a bit of a gritty texture (which I like), but you may not.
If you don’t have Italian seasoning, you can substitute a different dried herb of your choice. Perhaps parsley or rosemary.
Roasted breakfast potatoes with easy homemade seasoning
My college cafeteria served made-to-order pasta. It was great. Perhaps it was a little too great, as I gained 10 pounds during my first year of college…
In the cafeteria, a cook would allow you to select your garlic, oil, sauce, vegetables, meat, and pasta noodle shape. As a frequenter of the pasta station, I sampled a variety of made-to-order dishes. Now, easy pasta dishes are my go-to lazy meal. You can use up the produce you have in your home, and make the pasta dish to your taste.
For me, a great lazy pasta dish only requires:
Some form of tomato (grape, diced, or even canned)
Other add-ins I like include:
Other vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, asparagus, peppers, etc.
The olive oil and tomatoes form a light sauce. The addition of garlic, cheese and fresh herbs makes it a great light dish for summer. If you want something heavier, consider adding butter, additional cheese, and meat.
The pasta we had last night incorporated fresh tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, fresh basil, and two types of cheese. The cost was $1.71 per person (see below for cost analysis).
4 ounces pasta (I used fettuccine, but any shape will do)
salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice (or balsamic vinegar)
Additional add-ins: mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, fresh basil or other herbs, other vegetables!
Heat olive oil on medium heat. Separately, boil water in a saucepan and prepare pasta noodles per box instructions.
Add finely chopped onion and a pinch of salt to the olive oil and allow the onion to cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and 1 cup of grape tomatoes, and any additional vegetables. Allow mixture to cook for a few minutes in the oil. Add lemon juice.
Allow this mixture to cook for an additional 5-10 minutes, until onion and tomato are softened.
Mix pasta noodles into the tomato sauce.
Top with 1/4 cup of uncooked tomatoes (if desired). I like this for the texture, but you could choose to cook all of the tomatoes.
Top with cheese, fresh herbs, salt and pepper, if desired.