Tuesday, April 7, 2009

4/6/09: yesterday, a day late: farfalle with vegetable sauce

A good protein heavy meal, lots of vegetables and flavor.

Step one: get the water going for your pasta - an 8 quart pot, about half full (low water usage!) and cover on high.

Cut up 1-2 medium onions and grate 1 large carrot or two medium ones. Saute in a pan on medium until translucent. Crush 1-4 garlic cloves into the sauce, and cut up 1-2 zucchinis (sliced thin into circles) and add to the pan. If you have any, add about 1/2 cup red wine to the pan at this step. If things are sticking, add a little olive oil (I do this in non-stick pans) and allow everything to cook down a bit. Add a few leaves of fresh thyme and fresh chopped basil (or dried, your preference). Open a can of tomato puree or crushed tomatoes and add to the pan with vegetables (24 ounce can sounds right). Add about half a cup of tvp/tsp, (textured soy protein, available at most food coops and health type stores) and mix in well. Add sea salt or regular salt, to taste, also some freshly ground black pepper. Let simmer on low, covered.

Your water should be about ready to boil now, so add the farfalle to the pot and stir occasionally. Farfalle takes 10-13 mins. Once the pasta is done, add a cup or so of the water (which should be yellow-tinted) to the pasta sauce, stir well and uncover to let the sauce thicken slightly. Drain the pasta. Grate a little parmesan or mozzarella, cover about a cup of pasta with 1/2 to 3/4 cup sauce and garnish with cheese.

1 comment:

Nils said...

Hi! Sweet blog; I dig it.

Regarding low-water pasta-cooking: Harold McGee, god of understanding-cooking-through-science (and author of "On Food and Cooking", which I'm just going to assume you already know about because I think you'd love it so so much), recently wrote about this precise topic in his NYTimes column, "The Curious Cook":

(He's so cool, and so scientific about exploring topics!)
Anyway, the conclusion: Yes You Can cook in much less water, and you can even add the pasta to the water before it's hot. More stirring is required. And, an added benefit is the thick semolina-starchy water you get at the end. Check it out!

Big cheers (to B. as well),