Pass the Pasta

Pass the Pasta

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You don't have to spend $17 on a plate of bucatini to enjoy your favorite carb. For cents on the noodle, you can make spaghetti with sweet tomato sauce, broccoli spaghetti, and zucchini fettuccine — bottomless breadsticks not included, but you'll forget all about them anyway.

Zucchini Noodles With Parsley Gremolata

Servings:

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Ingredients

  • 2 medium-sized zucchini

  • 1/4 bunch of parsley

  • 2 ounces almonds, chopped

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1/2 lemon, juiced

  • 1/3 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered

  • Packet of red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the zucchini into large ribbons. Finely chop parsley, garlic and almonds.

  2. In a small bowl, mix olive oil, lemon juice, almonds, cherry tomatoes, parsley, and a pinch of salt. Add zucchini noodles and red pepper flakes to the bowl and toss before serving.

Spaghetti and Broccoli

Servings:

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed

  • 1/2 large head of broccoli

  • 1/2 pound spaghetti noodles

  • 2 tablespoons salt

  • 1 red pepper flake packet

  • Squeeze of fresh lemon juice

  • Equipment: Large pot, saute pan, tongs, cutting board.

Instructions

  1. In a saute pan over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, then add all of the smashed garlic cloves.

  2. Set a large pot of salted water over high heat and bring to a boil.

  3. With a good grip on the broccoli, slice thinly to crumble. Separate the stems and the florets and set them all aside.

  4. When the water is boiling, add salt, then add the spaghetti. Set a timer for 1 minute less than the box indicates for al dente.

  5. Add the chopped broccoli stems to the garlic oil, then add some pasta water. Simmer for a few minutes.

  6. Add cooked pasta to the saute pan, followed by the broccoli florets. Stir vigorously over high heat for a full minute.

  7. Add red pepper flakes and a squeeze of lemon juice.

  8. Add a little more pasta water until it becomes saucy. Plate and serve.

Sweet Tomato Spaghetti

Servings:

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons salt

  • 1/2 large yellow onion

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1/2 pound spaghetti noodles

  • 1/2 can whole peeled tomatoes

  • 1 lemon

  • Equipment: Large pot, saute pan with lid, cutting board, colander

Instructions

  1. Set a large pot filled with water over high heat and add salt. Bring to a boil.

  2. Cut the root and the growing end off the onion, then cut in half from root to tip and peel.

  3. With the flat side of each half facing down, cut half-moon slivers 1/8-inch thick.

  4. In a saute pan over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, then add the sliced onions with a healthy pinch of kosher salt and stir.

  5. Cook for several minutes, add some pasta water, then allow onions to cook until caramelized.

  6. Add pasta to boiling water, and cook 1 minute less than the package directions.

  7. Crush tomatoes by hand and add to the pan with onion.

  8. Thinly slice the peel off the lemon and add pieces to the sauce. Continue simmering.

  9. When pasta is al dente, remove it from the water, add to the sauce, then stir and continue to cook for 1 minute. Plate and serve.

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- Today is pasta. Pasta is endlessly versatile, and super duper filling. Life can be a struggle, but a good meal does not have to be. We can make creative, nutritious, and inventive dishes for under $2 a plate. We need to talk about an investment that we need to make together in the pantry. Onions and garlic. These are the greatest thing to add pizazz, for very, very little money. Acid, in the form of lemon, or vinegar. This lightens up stuff that's too heavy. A big thing of kosher salt. This is the cheapest, per gram, or ounce, you can get. Olive oil, I know it's a big investment, but it costs only a couple cents per tablespoon. At the end of the day, you're gonna save money. Spaghetti with sweet tomato sauce. I know what you're thinking, everything needs to be the best it can be, and that does not come in a pre-packaged can. With the pantry staples, salt, it costs a couple pennies. Olive oil, three tablespoons. Onions. There we go. Buy the whole peeled tomatoes, they taste better. How do I make it smooth? You take your cutting board, create a shield, and you squeeze them, just like our caveman ancestors used to do. This is totally how they made their sweet tomato sauce. They bought the can and they crushed it by hand. Now that we have color here, lets soften those onions. Lets take our salty water. There we go, get it under, get it under, get it under, get it under. Tomatoes. Lemon, let me show you the old fashioned zester. Which gives you acidity, and texture in our pasta. Finishing it in the sauce here, allowing these things to really get to know each other. Guys, and not only is this cheap, and filling, but we have two servings here. Twirling, very important. It's a $1.12 per serving, it's so delicious. You will not get this in a pre-packaged can. But now it's time to learn how to make a sauce of a different color. An elegant oil based sauce. 50 cents worth of olive oil, and we wanna get maximum flavor out of these garlic cloves. Garlic cloves only cost six cents per, we have four of 'em, it's 24 cents. They are fully encapsulated, and I can smell it already, it's fantastic. The broccoli. Make it flat, cut it in half like this, and really get small pieces, and then we take the stems, you do not wanna throw out the stems, right in there, and now there isn't enough liquid to go around. Lets get a nice, fat spoonful of salty pasta water. By having raw broccoli florets in here, we're really getting a lot more nutrition out of the broccoli. It's the perfect time to add in some red pepper flakes. These are like money in your pocket, save 'em, put 'em on anything. You can put some lemon right on top. This may be a struggle meal, but every time I eat it I feel like a king. No boxed food can match the nutrition, or flavor of zucchini noodles. So if you wanna make zucchini spaghetti you need a zucchini spiralizer, but a zucchini spiralizer is not in our budget. Because we broke. But we can make zucchini fettuccine, with a potato peeler, because it's like the original kitchen gadget. It's so easy, you just throw a bunch of stuff in a bowl. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the cherry tomato slicer 3,000. They're cheap, and they're sweet, and if you let them absorb the salt, they're gonna taste even better. You can add in the garlic, it's not gonna hurt. We've got our almonds, they add protein. Here comes the parsley, we just wanna let this mix up. Zucchini fettuccine. I found this lemon in my fridge, and you know what it means? It means flavor. The tomato water, the little bit of lemon, and the olive oil is actually enough to cook our zucchini. $2 per serving, which is cheap. While the struggle is real, there's no reason it has to effect a tasty meal.

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