Tag Archives: Pasta

Lemon Pasta with Broccoli

23 May


Trader Joe has this great lemon pasta. Go and buy some.

4 cloves of minced garlic

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 stick butter

One pound of pasta

4 cups broccoli  flowerets

1/2 lemon with the zest

parmesan cheese

Melt the oil and butter

Saute the garlic till light brown

Add the lemon zest and the juice of 1/2 a lemon

Set aside

Boil a pot of water with a tablespoon of salt

Add the pasta and stir

Add the broccoli with the pasta

Cook about 4 minutes till the pasta is cooked.

Strain the water out and save one cup of pasta water

Pour the pasta into the oil mixture and slowly add the pasta water if needed.

Do not add all of it if the pasta is moist.

The pasta should not be dry.

Serve with grated cheese

This is great meal for a lot of people

It goes well with grilled chicken or pork.








Sicilian Cauliflower with Pasta

12 Mar


I love the Boston Globe magazine.

They always have interesting recipes and this is where I got this one.

I have changed some things around so I will give you my version.

When I first read the recipe I couldn’t decide if I wanted to make it or not but I am glad I did.

1/4 cup olive oil

One large cauliflower (8 cups) cut into small flowerets. You can use frozen but defrost it before cooking.

1/2 cup raisins soaked in hot water and drained.

One large chopped onion

2 tablespoons chopped anchovy fillets

8 cloves minced garlic

2 teaspoons crushed red pepper

1 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes

1 large can tomato sauce

1 teaspoon sugar

3/4 pound small cooked pasta

1 cup small green olives

1/2 cup chopped parsley

1/2 pound cubed mozzarella cheese about the size of a dime.

Saute the cauliflower in the oil with 1/2 teaspoon salt till almost cooked , about 10 minutes. Less time for frozen cauliflower.

Take out of the pan.

Add more oil and saute the onion

Add the anchovies, garlic and pepper.

Cook till everything is soft.

Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce and sugar .

Bring to a simmer.

Add the cauliflower and cook for another 10 minutes.

Add the cooked pasta, raisins and olives.

Adjust the seasoning

Sprinkle with the chopped parsley and cheese.

So good.

Thank you Boston Globe and Adam Reid

Lentils and Pasta

30 Dec


I was lucky to spend the day with my older daughter in New York.

We ate our way through the city but she had some work to do.

While she was working I was reading magazines. Of corse they where cooking magazines.

I came across a recipe that was almost identical to mine except the cooking methods  and amounts were different .

So I will give you my version, my mothers version and my grandmothers version. They are all the same.

Lentils are a tradition for News Years because it is supposed to be a sign of optimism  and possibility.

Lentils and Pasta

8 cups of water

One pound of rinsed lentils

Two teaspoons salt

1/2 lb spaghetti broken into thirds.

One small can of tomato paste

One diced onion

Five cloves of  mashed garlic

One large can of diced tomatoes

1 teaspoon  of black pepper

6 to 8 large basil leaves

Saute the onions in 3 tablespoons oil till soft.

Add the garlic and cook for about five minutes.

Add the water and salt and bring to a boil.

Add the tomato paste.

Add the washed lentils and cook till they are soft.

Add the  tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper.

Bring the tomato lentils to a boil, break the spaghetti into thirds and cook according to the package directions with the lentils. I always like pasta a little chewy so I cook it about three minutes less than the package.

If it is too dry add more  water.

Serve with grated cheese.

We would eat this on Friday nights when we couldn’t have meat.

Now I serve it either plain or with crumbled sausage.

Eat it right away because it gets very thick.