Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Quick and Simple Pasta with Broccoli tossed in Butter

When I am in the mood for pasta and do not want to invest too much time making a sauce for it, I resort to this quick and simple way of making pasta. My recipe uses butter and relies on its delectable though sinful taste to up its yum factor. Since this recipe does not have any vegetables I decided on cooking the last bit of broccoli I had lying in the refrigerator. I like to pair bell peppers and onion with the broccoli for a good crunchy stir fry. Broccoli does not do well when over cooked so always add it last and give it only a few tosses. Since I did not have any bell peppers I decided on using only the broccoli today. 
Ingredients for the Quick and Simple Pasta
Pasta - 1/2 cup
Onion - 1 medium
Tomato - 1.5 medium
Garlic - 1 clove
Oregano - quick sprinkling
Chilli flakes - 1/2 tsp
Butter - 1 tbsp
Oil - 1 tsp
Salt as per taste
Cheese - 2 tbsp
In a pot put about 1.5 cups of water to boil with some salt. When the water boils add the pasta and cook till the pasta is done. Reserve a couple of spoons of water and drain the pasta and keep aside.

Chop the onion, tomatoes and garlic. I love to feel the crunch of the onions when eating and hence chop the onions into slightly bigger pieces.
Heat a pan and add the butter and oil. When hot add the onion and garlic and saute till the onion turns translucent. Then add the chopped tomatoes and saute till the tomatoes soften. Sprinkle a little salt to quicken the cooking of the tomatoes.

Add the cooked pasta and the reserved water and mix well. Stir till the water evaporates. Sprinkle the oregano and saute the pasta. Take off the heat.

Ingredients for the Broccoli tossed in Butter
Broccoli - 1 cup
Butter - 1 tbsp
Pepper pwd - a couple of pinches
Salt as per taste
Heat a pan and add the butter. When the butter is hot add the broccoli  and toss it till coated with the butter. Sprinkle salt and pepper powder and toss it well. Cook it for a few minutes without losing the crunchiness. Take it off the heat.

In a plate serve some pasta, grate some cheese over it and add some broccoli and a complete meal is ready. 

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