Recipe time! Kinda. A "How To" is similar to a recipe, minus the exact ingredients and measurements. Total freedom.
I think most recipes are kind of like general instructions and ideas anyway. The great thing about cooking is there are really no rules and it's totally how you like it! Seasoned and advanced cooking junkies usually can recreate, adjust, and play with any recipe. For other new-comers looking to experiment or just trying to keep it simple, recipes are our lifesavers.
For myself, I am notorious for looking up recipes, getting an idea, and starting a commotion in my kitchen. Great successes, more cheese or less cheese, and great disasters have all come about from this. But, I like to say it taught me to make the most out of ingredients.
Ever have those days or weeks where you kinda go crazy at the market and don't know what to do with all the veggies you were inspired to buy. No? Yes? If it's yes, this is the recipe for you. If not, it's still the recipe for you because, PASTA. And vegetable that I know you are dying to get rid of in the most delicious manner.
With simple, but fresh ingredients, everything will sure stand out and then blend magically together. Trust me.
What you will need:
- Pasta. Any kind. Maybe not lasagna. That could get weird.
- Garlic. 1 bulb or even garlic scapes! A late spring, early summer must!
- Yellow Onion.
- Seasonal Vegetables. My favorites are eggplant, any summer squash, grape tomatoes (every and any color), and leafy greens. Red Peppers and artichokes are great too.
- CHEESE. Of course always optional. I like Parmesan or any other strong flavor. Less will be more!
- Herbs. Salt. Pepper. Generous amount of parsley, basil, or oregano. I always like to add red pepper flakes for a little kick.
What to do:
- Cook pasta, save about 2 tbs of pasta water
- Sauteed the garlic and onion in a generous amount of oil, maybe 2 tbs since that will be your "sauce". Cover to create moisture, or keep pan open for more crisp!
- Grill or sauteed vegetables. I honestly like to grill just so I don't have to dirty anymore dishes. And maybe somebody else can do the work...
- Combine pasta and vegetables into the same pan as the garlic and onion.
- Add alittle cheese, salt, peppa, and herbs of choice!