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Old 09-15-2006, 06:58 PM   #41
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I'm not a big fan of pasta, thats why i need something great on top...


Things I like...
Well i cant think of it all
But....
any meat...
broccoli...


Thats just covering fruits, veggies, and meats.
Here ya go then...
I just love broccoli, whole garlic, a little hot peperoncini, a little salt, olive oil, a dash of water. Cover the lid, and cook the broccoli down until it falls apart, about 20-25 minutes. Squash it a little to break up the garlic cloves, put it on Penne , al dente, with parmesan and a little black pepper. Believe me on this - it's not "overcooked broccoli" - I'm the first to object to that - it's divine!
Then there's a really wierd one I picked up here in Caracas. It's called " Sausage and Mustard Sauce" . For 2 people, you need:
1 large bell pepper, grilled to remove skin, julienned
1 small onion, julienned
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
2 tbsps Olive oil or corn oil
2 tsps dry English mustard
1 tbsp melted butter
2 good quality "wieners" - a German deli would be a good source! - sliced into rounds

Fry the sausage gently in the butter. Set aside.
Mix the pepper with the onion. Set aside.
Mix the mustard with the oil and vinegar.
Cook Linguini or fettucini al dente. Drain, add all the ingredients to the hot pasta pot, mix quickly with the pasta and serve.

(Courtesy of Victor Arroyo).

Goboenomo:
I am, at times, a little pedantic. That translates into "A stickler for detail", so if you don't feel happy with what I'm about to say, you can hurl a Cyber-snowball at my head!!!

A pasta "topping" would probably make many Italians cringe; sounds like a Fast-Food Ice-Cream!! What goes "on top" of the pasta ( and, in many cases, mixed in with the pasta) is an integral part of the dish. To call it a topping is rather comparing the sauce to "extra onions" on your hotdog !

OK, you can chuck the snowball.... WHIIIIIZZZZ! THUNK!!! direct hit!
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Old 09-15-2006, 07:18 PM   #42
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Orecchiette con Broccoli e Salsicce

OK, good. Here's one of my all-time favorites, and it's much better than you might imagine:

Orecchiette con Broccoli e Salsicce
(Ear-Shaped Pasta with Broccoli & Sausage)

1 bunch broccoli (about 1 pound)
Salt
2 to 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1/2 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
1/2 cup water
Salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 pound orecchiette or other small, cup-shaped pasta
1/2 cup grated Romano (or Parmesan)

Trim and peel broccoli stalks, and cut broccoli into quarters lengthwise.

Bring large pot of water to boil, add about 1 tablespoon salt, and cook broccoli until tender but still crisp (about 5 minutes).

Remove broccoli from water, drain and chop it fine.

Heat olive oil in medium fry pan over low heat, add garlic and cook until it releases its aroma. Add sausage, breaking it up, and cook until it loses its raw color.

Add broccoli to sausage in pan and mix together.

Add 1/2 cup water, salt and pepper, and cook slowly until the broccoli breaks down into a coarse puree, smashing the larger pieces with a spoon if necessary. Add more water if necessary to maintain a puree consistency.

Cook pasta in salted water (use the same water that you used for the broccoli). Drain, reserving about 1 cup of pasta water.

Toss pasta with broccoli and 1/2 cup of grated cheese until cheese melts. Add a bit of the reserved pasta water if it seems too thick.
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Old 09-15-2006, 09:30 PM   #43
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COOL!

I bet that's great - have to give it a try!!
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Old 09-15-2006, 11:20 PM   #44
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I'm not a big fan of pasta, thats why i need something great on top...


Things I like...
pumpkins
GOBO! Have you ever had PUMPKIN Ravioli? It's amazing! The pumpkin in inside, with a bit of spices, and is usually topped with a butter-cream sauce.
Plate-licking good, I tell ya.
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Old 09-16-2006, 02:08 AM   #45
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I'm not a big fan of pasta, thats why i need something great on top...


Things I like...
Well i cant think of it all
But....
Any fruit
any meat
any seafood
broccoli
cauliflower
carrots
celery
brussel sprouts
spinach
pumpkins
cabbage
green beans
corn
peas
lettuce
garlic
potatoes

Thats just covering fruits, veggies, and meats.
Okay, I kinda doubt we can do much with the lettuce and potatos, but many of the others have possibilities.

But if you like seafood and garlic, you've just hit a great favorite of mine -- prawns (shrimp), and/or scallops, and/or crab, sauteed very briefly in a fair bit of olive oil (enough to coat the pasta later) in which you've already sauteed some thinly-sliced garlic and some ginger (optional since it's not on your list). Plenty of coarsely-ground black pepper and some hot red pepper flakes if you like that idea.

Pour over fresh, drained pasta (good with any number of types -- I like penne) and add in a generous amount of freshly-grated parmesan. Toss.

Since you don't like the pasta part, just play with your proportions so that you have more of the seafood, less of the pasta.
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chili... or I also like garlic basil olive oil mixture with sauted mushrooms.
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Old 09-17-2006, 10:29 AM   #47
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GOBO! Have you ever had PUMPKIN Ravioli? It's amazing! The pumpkin in inside, with a bit of spices, and is usually topped with a butter-cream sauce.
Plate-licking good, I tell ya.
jkath you are SO right about this one!!

Do you happen to have a recipe?
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Old 09-17-2006, 10:34 AM   #48
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GOBO! Have you ever had PUMPKIN Ravioli? It's amazing! The pumpkin in inside, with a bit of spices, and is usually topped with a butter-cream sauce.
Plate-licking good, I tell ya.
No I havn't.

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But if you like seafood and garlic, you've just hit a great favorite of mine -- prawns (shrimp), and/or scallops, and/or crab, sauteed very briefly in a fair bit of olive oil (enough to coat the pasta later) in which you've already sauteed some thinly-sliced garlic and some ginger (optional since it's not on your list). Plenty of coarsely-ground black pepper and some hot red pepper flakes if you like that idea.
Yeah I love all that stuff. It would just be a chance that I would have those in the freezer. Usually when my mom makes pasta, she just pulls it out, out of nowhere. So it's pretty much, find something to put on it fast, or start mixing up some garlic butter.
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Could do worse than garlic butter!!
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