12.04.2011

spicy tomato and asparagus with linguine

 Pasta dishes have a tendency to be quick, easy and tasty - as long as you have a good recipe. This recipe fits the bill on all counts. I have been noticing that I have this intense need for quick meals that at least three-fifth of the household at least likes. See.. I don't have unrealistic expectations. 

This meal, Spicy Tomato and Asparagus with Linguine, takes around 30 minutes to make .. for real. The sauce is made using some olive oil, onion, garlic, grape or cherry tomatoes, red pepper and a bit of sherry or broth. Some chili flakes add a spicy touch and the additional vegetable creates variety. I used asparagus as the addition, but other vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, green beans or zucchini, would all be ideal choices. 

I love using linguine in this, but again, the shape is up to the cook. Spaghetti would be great or any pasta with little nooks and crannies, where the sauce can cling to, work well. 

Basil or fresh parsley finishes the dish. 

Delicious and very versatile. Four of us loved it and found ourselves getting another and another bowl of the pasta. Luckily, we use small bowls.

Cost Breakdown

pasta: $2
tomatoes: $4
parsley: $.50
asparagus: $4
pepper: $1
onion, garlic, olive oil, spices: $1
Total to make 6 servings:
$12.50



  

4 comments:

  1. I make almost this exact same thing as one of my go-tos. I use spinach which I just stir into the pasta so it barely wilts. Linguini is my pasta of choice, too.

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  2. This sounds good...it's definitely on the "to try" list.
    Also made your Enchilada Soup this week - delicious...garnished with crushed corn chips, fresh chopped tomatoes & chopped jalapeno.
    Thanks, Pat

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  3. Everything I love on pasta, asparagus and spicy tomatoes.

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  4. I love to saute cherry tomatoes with EVOO for a quick and easy pasta 'sauce'. YUM!

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