I just got back from a visit to my family. The visit was a little different in that I was going for non-family reasons but had the good fortune to be able to see family at the same time. While I was gone my husband decided to throw a party. Well, when I say decided I mean that the party kind of decided to throw itself. Since Fearless Toddler and I are both allergic to anything that comes from a pig he likes to indulge in such things when we are safely in another state. (It's very considerate of him.) He posted to Facebook announcing his intention to indulge in ribs while we were gone and since ribs for one are a waste he wanted to know if anyone wanted to join him. He thought he might get one or two takers. The thing is he's very very good at barbeque and so there were a lot of takers.
Now, when I throw a party I want lots of vegetables on the table. When he throws a party he wants meat on the table, with a side of meat and a meat garnish. As a nod to the idea that there might be a guest who might not like meat he bought a thing of broccoli. It was cheaper to buy it at the local big-box-membership-club place so that's what he did, but he didn't even come close to using all of it. I got a text telling me that there was a "big bag o broccoli" in the fridge and I should use it when I got home. (He was already in another state when I got home, gone on a business trip.) I ordinarily would be opposed to cooking after driving for so long, but in this case I was willing enough to do it. I love broccoli and it was in such a convenient form, in small little florets already. I had some gouda on hand and some white wine to make a sauce and that was enough.
There is no cost per serving with this dish because I have no idea how much the broccoli cost.
Pasta with Broccoli and Gouda (serves 4; approx. cost per serving not available)
1/2 box whole wheat pasta, prepared according to package instructions
2 pounds (approx.) chopped broccoli florets
1 cup water
1 1/2 cups white wine
8 ounces gouda, cubed
- Whatever equipment you use for preparing your pasta
- Large saucepan with lid
- Prepare the pasta according to the package instructions - I know I already mentioned that.
- Bring the water to a boil in the saucepan.
- Add the wine and return to a boil.
- Add the broccoli. Cover and let steam in the wine and water mixture until bright green and tender. (A glass lid is best for this because it's easiest to tell when the broccoli is done. If you don't have one don't worry about it though, just check after 5 minutes or so.)
- Meanwhile, put the gouda cubes on the bottom of the serving vessel. It's best to have the gouda in small cubes.
- When the broccoli is done, put it into the serving vessel. When the pasta is done, put it on top of the broccoli. Mix them all together. The heat from the pasta and broccoli will melt the cheese. Serve.