Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Pasta Primavera (well, sort of...)
We've been eating really bad lately, between being busy and being more social and the trip to PA (Pizza, ice cream and the most amazing Pirogies ever) I was afraid that unless I start eating some fresh fruits and vegetables, I'm going to get scurvy for sure, and also, have a heart attack.
So today, I decided to eat some healthy low-fat fresh something, and since I'm feeling more then a bit sick, it had to be a quick cooking easy to make one as well.
This came out so nice I'm sure I'm going to make it again. It's super healthy, contain no bad ingredients at all, and very low fat - And tasty!
Ingredients (for 2 hungry people):
Half a pack of pasta (I used whole wheat angel hair, it cooks fast and good for you)
About 1/2 a cup of baby carrots
About 1/2 a cup of cherry tomato
About 1/2 a cup of chopped broccoli
3 cloves of garlic
1/2 of jalapeno pepper or some chili flakes
Capers (just a few, about a tea spoon or so.
How to make it:
Put a pot for the pasta on the stove and boil water in it, once the water are boiling, put the pasta in (I personally don't ad oil or salt to the water, honestly, I can't tell the taste in flavor and don't want to ad any extra salt or oil to the food).
While the pasta is cooking, chop the broccoli & carrots (I like them on the chunkier side) and slice the cherry tomatoes in half. Peal the Garlic and slice it to little bits, and do the same with the Jalapeno.
In a fraying pan, toss the garlic in a little olive oil (I use a table spoon, but a little more will make it taste better) until it's starting to brown (and your kitchen smells amazing) then ad the jalapeno, carrots and Broccoli. stir and check on the pasta, if it's cooked by now, strain it and let it sit for a bit, if not, continue cooking it.
After about 5 minutes, add the tomato, and about 1/3 cup of water, then squeeze the lemon into the pan, let it simmer for a minute or two, then ad the capers, stir again, and turn the stove off.
That's it really, easiest pasta sauce (or really, vegetable mixture or whatever) it took me longer to type this recipe then make it. The whole thing took about 10 minutes or so, and was really good!
As I was making it, I was thinking of what else will taste good in this and so, feel free to ad any or all of those ingredients:
Olives, walnuts, roasted pine nuts, a dash of heavy cream, white wine, Parmesan cheese, eggplants, artichoke hearts, sundries tomatos
Of course, then it's all becoming a little less healthy and a lot more decacent.