Tonight, to complement some previously prepared ground pork, I made a very nice pasta dish. (If I do say so myself.)
Here’s what I did:
(Note: Many of these ingredients are just seasonings. It’s actually a fairly easy recipe. A bit more time-intensive than some, and I wouldn’t have time for it most of the time during the school year. But since I’m procrastinating on studying for my comprehensive exams at the end of the summer, this works out great for right now!)
- 1 serving of Spaghetti
- 1 Cup of Broccoli (I used fresh. Hooray for summer!)
- 1/2 a Zucchini
- 1-2 cups of either spinach or kale
- 1 large clove garlic (although I’d recommend more…)
- zest from a lemon
- zest from a lime
- Grated ginger
- 1/2 lemon
- 1/4 lime
- 2 squirts of chili oil
- 1 shake of cumin (more would be better, so you can taste it)
- a pinch of red pepper flakes
- a shake or three of salt
- a little bit of olive oil
- 1/3 C shredded jack cheese (optional)
- Chop zucchini and broccoli into reasonably sized pieces. Stir in with zest, pepper flakes, 1 squirt of chili oil, juice from 1/4 lime and 1/4 lemon, and ginger. Let sit for a while.
- Start water boiling for pasta
- While water is boiling, in a large frying pan, heat oil, pour in marinated vegetables. Add the garlic, cumin, and salt.
- When water is boiling, pour in the pasta, cook according to directions to al dente
- After the initial stirring of the pasta, pour the kale/spinach into the veggie mix. (You don’t want to over-cook these!) Note that at this point especially, you should be using fairly low heat. I always use lower heat than I might, due to non-stick pans, but you don’t want burnt kale/spinach/leaves-of-some-sort.
- As needed, incorporate a spoonful of the pasta-water, and the remaining 1/4 lemon. (This allows the veggies to steam as well.)
- When pasta is ready, take the pasta out of the water and place it into the frying pan. (Note: I did not rinse my pasta this time.) Turn heat down even LOWER.
- If you haven’t already done so, squeeze in the 1/4 lemon.
- Stir / combine
- When pasta is incorporated, put onto a plate
- If using cheese, now’s the time to pour it on top.
So, yeah. This was a more time-intensive, slightly more expensive recipe. But it was very tasty. (I had a serving of ground pork I’d previously cooked to go along with it.)