Thursday, August 1, 2013

Kitchen Adventures: Broccoli Pasta with Chopped Garden Salad

This had us using a pasta we had never heard of - Orecchiette! It's a slightly thick tiny bowl shaped pasta. 

Ingredients: Dried Orecchiette, Basil, Anchovy Fillets, Lemon, Garlic, Dried Red Chili, Parmesan Cheese, Broccoli Head, Sunflower Seeds, Carrots, Avocado, Tomatoes, Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, Arugula
Sadly, this was a low 3 out of 5. The salad saved it. The pasta wasn't memorable. Maybe it was our fault the way we cooked it... but the broccoli pretty much disintegrated. It also called for pine nuts which Ian can't have. We substituted them with sunflower seeds but it still didn't make the dish exciting. The pasta was really inconsistently cooked. It scored a 3 because the salad was fantastic. Carrots, avocado, mixed color tomatoes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and arugula. Yum! 644 calories, mainly because of the pasta. We might do this again... but it's waaaay down the line of good dishes.

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