When I discovered pasta with garlic and olive oil, I thought I'd stumbled upon one of the best-kept secrets in the culinary world. (This was in the pre-Internet era, long before allrecipes.com, foodnetwork.com, and blogs. We got our recipes from friends, family, and books!) It's quick, easy, inexpensive, and delicious, and it uses only ingredients from the pantry. Of course, it turned out to be a classic pasta dish, but that doesn't make it any less perfect. I use only four ingredients: dried pasta, olive oil (preferably EVOO), fresh garlic, and a bit of freshly ground black pepper. For a lighter sauce, use some chicken broth and less olive oil. The dish can be varied with crushed red pepper flakes, broccoli (add to the boiling water, a few minutes before the pasta is done), sauteed chicken, pine nuts, or walnuts.
I thought of this again because Katie at Kitchen Stewardship is hosting an October Fest Carnival of Super Foods, and this week she's highlighting all the Super Foods. This recipe--the way I usually prepare it--includes at least three of the Super Foods on Katie's list: olive oil, garlic, and broccoli. It could have more, if you add nuts and use whole grain pasta.
My recipe is similar to this one, but I add the broccoli to the boiling water just a few minutes before the pasta is cooked. If you add nuts (pine nuts are traditional, but walnuts would work), add them to the oil so they toast lightly.
Be sure to check in to see the other Super Foods recipes at Kitchen Stewardship, or to link up your own!
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