The end of the broccoli is here and the asparagus is just starting to come into play.
So, what can you possibly do with only a hand full of broccoli and a measly 5 asparagus spears?
Pesto dressed Whole Wheat Pasta topped with Asparagus and Broccoli drizzled with Roasted Garlic Oil
(you do not need exact measurements for this meal. It is completely by taste. You can add more or less of each ingredient and it will still be delicious. And, because we have high cholesterol and high blood pressure in our household, I don't add salt. But, you certainly can. I should warn you that I am not a talented cook, but even I can make this. So, I am sure you can and you can probably make it better! Although, nothing tastes quite like homegrown vegetables. My husband took one bite of the asparagus last night and said, "Wow! Oh my Gosh! This- is- so- good!")
1 cup broccoli, cut any way you like
4-5 asparagus spears, tough ends snapped off and washed, cut into 1 inch pieces
2-3 cups cooked and drained whole wheat pasta
2-4 Tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2-4 Tbsp pesto
2 Tbsp roasted garlic oil (any will do, I use Lizzie's)
This comes together so easily:
- Boil the whole wheat pasta, any type, according to the manufacturer's directions.
- Drain the pasta and toss with the pesto using more or less depending on your taste.
- Meanwhile, steam the broccoli for 3-4 minutes.
- Add the asparagus to the broccoli and steam for another 2 minutes.
- Toss the steamed broccoli and asparagus with the roasted garlic oil to taste.
- Place about 1 cup of dressed pasta on each plate and top with the broccoli and asparagus mix.
- Top with the fresh shredded Parmesan cheese.
PS - At the end of the growing season, I make my own pesto and freeze it for later use. I have used it all winter and it tastes just like summer to me. I like Ina's recipe the best, but I like my pesto with less oil and a hint of lemon. Here's her recipe: Ina's Delicious Pesto. Instead of using 1 1/2 cups of oil per batch, I use half or 3/4 cup of good extra virgin olive oil. And, I add a squeeze of lemon juice per batch. If you are not into making your own, then I highly recommend LeGrand 4 Nuts and Cheese Pesto. It is delicious.