Wednesday 1 December 2010

Broccoli & Cherry Tomato Pasta

The simplicity in this dish is what really makes it so special. As part of my €5 meal concept this meal is less than €2 to get together once you have the ingredients in-house.

To prepare the dish it is just so simple and it all can be done in the time it takes to cook your pasta. You will flash fry small florets of broccoli in garlic & chilli. Then this will be added with chopped cherry tomato to cooked pasta and chopped fresh herbs (if you have some available). All served on a warm plate with grated parmesan on top.

Super Quick, Tasty & Cheap……really the perfect combination to any meal

Serves 2                                                Cost of meal €2

5-6 large Broccoli florets
8-10 Cherry Tomatoes
Clove of Garlic
Red Chilli
Olive oil
Fresh Herbs (coriander/basil)
Grated Parmesan
Salt & Pepper
250g dried pasta (Farfalle/Penne/Fusilli)

Cooking utensils
Chopping Board
Sharp Knife

- Chop Broccoli into small sized florets
- Quarter all cherry tomatoes
- Finely chop garlic, herbs & chilli

- Cook in rapidly boiling salted water your pasta as per cooking instructions
- Heat some olive oil in a medium to high heated wok

- Start off by adding your garlic & chilli to create a sort of garlic/chilli oil
- Flash fry your broccoli for 3-4 minutes in wok – stirring all the time

- Add your cherry tomatoes to your drained al-dente pasta & stir
- Now add your cooked broccoli, chopped herbs & a drizzle of olive oil. Mix thoroughly
- Season with salt & pepper if required
- Serve on a warm plate with a small amount of grated parmesan on top


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