Saturday, February 27, 2016
Asian/Italian Fusion Noodle Bowl-Dinner for One!
Robert has been flying up a storm lately and so I've been on my own for dinner. This crazy--but delicious!--dish was tossed together from what I had in the vegetable bin and pantry. I wasn't expecting much from it, but was absolutely delighted by the flavors. Even the rigatoni, which I decided to use instead of some rice noodles, long pasta, or rice, made a nice chewy contrast to the broccoli and roasted mushrooms, if I do say so myself. Maybe my low expectations of the dish helped me to enjoy it more than it deserves. I'll make this again--and maybe next time when Robert is around!
Asian/Italian Fusion Noodle Bowl Dinner for One
4 oz. white mushrooms (about 6 medium), stemmed, cleaned and cut in half
2 large cloves of garlic (not peeled)
1 cup (or so) of broccoli florets
1/2 cup dried cut pasta (I used rigatoni--penne or fusilli or orzo would do--as would any long pasta)
2 teaspoons sesame oil
2 teaspoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons honey
1/2 teaspoon sriracha sauce (or red pepper flakes)--optional
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. In a small bowl, toss the cut mushrooms and unpeeled garlic with about a tablespoon of olive oil--making sure that all of the mushrooms are covered with oil. Drizzle a bit of olive oil on the cookie sheet and place the mushrooms cut side down, and add the garlic. Roast for about 10 minutes, then turn the mushrooms and garlic and roast for about 10 minutes more--until the mushrooms are nicely browned and the garlic is very soft.
While the mushrooms and garlic are roasting, bring a pot of salted water to boil and cook the pasta according to package directions. About 4 minutes before the pasta is done, add the broccoli florets so that they blanch and become a nice, pretty green. Drain the pasta and broccoli.
When the mushrooms and garlic are done, as soon as you can handle the garlic squeeze the roasted cloves into a small bowl and mash. Add the sesame oil, soy sauce, honey, and sriracha sauce and whisk to combine well. Toss the roasted mushrooms, pasta, and broccoli with the sauce and enjoy your meal!