A while ago I have been sort of accused by one of my friends of always miraculously coming up with recipes that work. As if I lie about liking my food? Well, here is an example of a dish that did not work out perfectly. I'm posting this to 1) show I'm not perfect (who would have thought?) 2) ask you, my readers, for suggestions on how I can improve this dish for the next time.
Monday nights are usually hectic because I come home, need to make dinner, and still have plenty of time to put myself together before going dancing. Luckily, this week I have done my grocery shopping on the weekend and had an idea of what I wanted to make for dinner: Pasta Primavera. Basically pasta with a bunch of vegetables.
This is not exactly a recipe because you can use any vegetables you want. I used garlic, onion, broccoli, corn, tomatoes, olives and watercress.
Here's what I did.
1) Put a large pot of water to boil (salt it well!). Cook the pasta till it's done (I used wholewheat spaghetti).
2) While the pasta is cooking, heat olive oil, add chopped red onion and sliced garlic and saute for a few minutes.
3) Add broccoli florets to the garlic and onion, season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.
4) Add fresh corn (or I guess you could use frozen) and saute for a few more minutes. Turn the heat off, and add a bunch of halved cherry tomatoes.
5) Remove all the vegetables and put them in a bowl with watercress and cut up olives.
6) As you can see, I used a "stick" pan and there were quite a few bits and pieces stuck to the bottom of the pan. That's flavor I did not want to lose. What I did was put drained pasta in that pan and cooked it for a few minutes. This not only dried up the pasta, but also let it absorb the wonderful flavors left by the vegetables.
7) Add the pasta to the bowl with vegetables, sprinkle with shredded Parmesan, adjust the salt and pepper, drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice.
The final dish wasn't horrible at all, but something seemed to be missing. Maybe I added too many olives? Maybe it would have been better with a regular white pasta? Maybe I should have used feta instead of Parmesan?