A few months ago, Kevin at Acme Instant Food came up with a one-off blogging event, Acme Instant Ingredients, in which he paired up food bloggers to send each other a mystery ingredient – once received, the blogger would make a dish with that mystery ingredient and post about it.
He sent me a bag of fried garlic. This is an ingredient I have never seen before, but garlic lover me knew exactly what to do with it (and since then, I’ve used it as a condiment, putting it on eggs, pizza, you name it!). There was a simple dish I used to make when I was dirt poor, and which I still make once in a while when I don’t feel like going through a production for dinner.
While garlic spaghetti with broccoli is dandy on it’s own as a vegetarian dish, you could probably add chicken breast chunks to it if you want to add protein. I went the standard route, using ingredients from the grocery store – the whole dish costs about $2.00 to make, tops, and will easily feed 4-6 people. I used the fried garlic in the way I would normally use garlic powder, so if you don’t have fried garlic on hand, garlic powder will work as well, just adjust to taste.
Garlic Spaghetti with Broccoli
1 lb spaghetti, cooked according to package instructions
1 stick butter or margarine
1 bag frozen broccoli, steamed
Salt, to taste
Fried garlic, to taste
Parmesan cheese, to taste
Cook pasta according to package instructions, and toss with butter or margarine until melted and all pasta is coated. Toss in broccoli, and season to taste.
It doesn’t get much easier than that, folks – and believe me, this stuff is filling. Feel free to add additional veggies or ingredients, it’s a great base for a multitude of variations.