Friday, June 17, 2011

Angel Hair Pasta with Broccoli, Olive Oil, Garlic Chips, Toasted Pine Nuts and Cheese

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There are those garlic chips again!  As far as I'm concerned ...they make everything better!

We're away for the weekend...tonight's dinner is going to be a Sauteed Flounder with Jalapeno Cream Sauce (among other seafood...stay tuned)...but for now I thought I would post yesterday's lunch.

A delicious vegetarian pasta dish with beautiful colors, flavors and textures...


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No exact measurements...what follows are the steps involved in preparing the dish...enjoy!

Angel Hair Pasta with Broccoli, Olive Oil, Garlic Chips, Toasted Pine Nuts and Cheese

Prepare your garlic chips:

thinly slice your garlic cloves...as thin as possible

place olive oil in a small to medium pan, add your raw garlic chips

turn on the heat to medium-high and cook your garlic slices until the begin to sizzle and turn a light brown

carefully and quickly remove your garlic chips from the pan and place them on a paper towel to drain, do not discard the oil

Prepare the broccoli:

take the oil that you cooked your garlic chips in and add it to a skillet (add some red pepper flakes to the oil here if you like)

place a bunch of chopped broccoli into the skillet with the oil (add more oil if necessary)...

Saute up the broccoli over medium heat until soft but not mushy (you may have to cover the pan for a bit to create a "steaming" environment for the broccoli to cook) but sure to finish the cooking with the cover removed ...a little "charring" of the broccoli is nice

salt and pepper to taste

Toast your pine nuts:

place desired amount of pine nuts into a pan and toast until lightly browned, careful not to burn

Cook your pasta

cook your favorite pasta, drain but do not rinse

Construct the dish

Place your cooked pasta in the pan with the broccoli, toss with tongs, add more olive oil if desired, salt and pepper to taste. 

Add your pine nuts, garlic chips and top with fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano

23 comments:

Marc van der Wouw said...

OMG...this looks so good...love the pasta's..Love the new layout of your site;-)

Clint said...

This looks so appealing. Beautiful.

The Winos' said...

This looks heavenly! The presentation is excellent, I wish I could plate so well :-)

Maria said...

Girl, you sure know how to make a simple meal look stunning! Love how much thought you put into every presentation. Take it from someone who is the "if it doesn't look good, I probably won't taste it" type, I would definitely taste everything you make.

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Karen said...

I can totally understand wanting to put these garlic chips on everything...garlic truly does make everything better! And this dish sounds divine.
Oh, and the flounder with jalapeno cream sauce? Yes, please!

Karen said...

I can totally understand wanting to put these garlic chips on everything...garlic truly does make everything better! And this dish sounds divine.
Oh, and the flounder with jalapeno cream sauce? Yes, please!

Simply Life said...

oooh what a perfect pasta dish! Is this a new blog site?

Magic of Spice said...

Fantastic pasta dish with such great flavors! Lovely :)
I hop you and family are having a great Fathers Day weekend...

Jenn said...

Oh, that looks sooooooo good!!! I want a huge plate of that right now. Than again, if you are serving it with sauteed flounder with jalapeno cream sauce I might want to save room!!!

Lea Ann said...

Those garlic chips are a "must try". Beautiful dish ... why is it when I shave cheese it doesn't look as perfect as yours???? :-)

Louis said...

Nice dish. I should probably try it sometime. It looks healthy. Thanks.

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John said...

I will try this recipe, but I'll be happy if you also share other gluten-free pastas or dessert recipes you have there.

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I did this last night but I used to much roasted garlic that's why it tasted kind of odd.

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It worked well without the pine nuts.

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My dad loved the recipe, thank you very much for sharing.

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I tried it with some blue cheese and it was awesome. Thanks.

Karl said...

Looking at the dish, I think it's kind of unique from other pasta. I also think that it's delicious.
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My family absolutely loved the dish, I tried plating it the same way but it was hard. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Fish! Oh this is my favorite. Angel hair pasta taste better with fish than with meat.
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Valerie Phillips said...

Now this is real pasta. I also like how the sauce is pretty simple so you get to appreciate the individual flavors more. I would definitely trying this out! Thanks for sharing.

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Emilio.M said...

Garlic is a good source of thiamin this is why you should include it in the dishes you make.
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