Acme Instant Ingredients: Garlic Spaghetti with Broccoli

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.

I sent israeli couscous to Ed of Is It EDible?, and he made a killer dirty curry couscous with it, something I would have never thought to do myself (I guess I need to expand my couscous horizons?).

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.

3 thoughts on “Acme Instant Ingredients: Garlic Spaghetti with Broccoli

  1. Ed Tep

    Hey Becke! Your garlic spaghettiewith broccoli looks garlicky delicious. It was alot of fun participating in Acme Instant Ingredients with you, and thanks for introducing me to Israelie couscous! I like it even better than the couscous I usually get.

  2. eekspider

    i like to use mine with chicken noodle soup(from a can).

    1 can of chicken noodle, zap it in the microwave.

    top it with:
    1 teaspoon of fried garlic
    1 tablespoon of fried shallots. yumyumyum.
    couple shakes of white ground pepper

    you can find all this stuff (except the soup) in an asian grocery store.

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