What is your favourite way to prepare pasta?
More times than not, I prefer a very simple pasta dish. Sure I do love lasagna and a good bolognese, but I also really enjoy basic pastas with only a few ingredients. A good drizzle of olive oil, perhaps some thinly slice garlic, maybe a few sautéed shrimp or a vegetable like broccoli. A simple pasta with any of those ingredients will never be turned away from plate.
Some days ago I was planning on grilling a couple of snappers for our comida (which is the main midday meal in Mexico) and I really wanted a simple pasta side dish that wouldn’t take too much work nor disrupt the fantastic taste of the freshly caught fish. A corn pasta with a bit of olive oil is always my first choice. When I want to not have too many dirty dishes I’ll combine the vegetable side-dish with the pasta, like I did in this case. It’s really great because not only is more flavour added to the noodles, but also there’s less clean up. You can boil the pasta, drain it, then lightly sauté the broccoli in the same pan before combining everything together. It’s all so simple and so delicious.
And here is what you’ll need to prepare this easy, classic recipe.
- one package of gluten-free 100% corn spaghetti pasta (this is my favourite brand, it's GMO free)
- small head of broccoli, cut into small florets
- 10 whole black peppercorns, crushed or freshly ground
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- sea salt to taste
- parmesan cheese
- Boil a pot of salted water and cook the spaghetti according to package instructions, drain and set the noodles aside. In the same pot you've cooked the noodles heat the olive oil, once warm sauté the broccoli to desired tenderness. Next add the freshly crushed/ground peppercorns and cook for another two minutes. Next mix in the cooked noodles and stir until the broccoli is well distributed. Sprinkle in a bit of sea salt and stir.
- Serve as a side dish or a light lunch. Right before serving dust with grated parmesan cheese. Enjoy!
See how simple and easy it is to prepare?
Have a great day and happy cooking amigos!