Friday, May 15, 2009

What's for Dinner?

My dear friend usually asks "What are you fixing for dinner".  Tonight, since he can't come over I will tell what's for dinner and maybe he can make it at his house.  You can, too.  Lots of freshly cracked black pepper is good in this dish.  Don't be a chump, read the directions completely before making this meal.

Angel Hair 
with Asparagus (or green beans)
Tomatoes and
Fresh Basil (optional) and lot's of black pepper

1 pound fresh asparagus (or same wt. in canned french cut green beans)
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/4 tsp pepper, or more to taste
1 T. Olive Oil
6 med. plum (Roma) tomatoes, seeded and chopped, comes to approx. 21/4 C.
1/4 cup dry white wine* or pasta water, *more for drinking while you cook
1/4 tsp. salt
1 T. butter
1 9-oz package refrigerated angel hair pasta
1/4 C. shredded fresh basil
1  15oz pkg mozzarella cheese (brick), sliced into cubes

Time: start to finish - 20 minutes

1. Snap off and discard woody stem part of asparagus.  Remove the tips and set aside.  Bias-slice the remaining portions into 1- to 1 1/2 inch pieces; set aside.
2.  In a large skillet, cook and stir garlic and pepper in hot oil over medium heat for 1 minute  before adding the tomatoes; cook 2 minutes more, stirring often. Add the asparagus pieces or green beans, wine(or water) and salt (only if using asparagus) to the skillet.  Cook, uncovered 3 minutes,  add the asparagus tips, cook, uncovered 1 minute more.
3. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package instructions.  Drain pasta; return to pan.  Add mozzarella and asparagus mixture and basil, if using, tossing to coat.
Drink wine.  Serves 3.


  1. Hi Olive....I will be grabbing those ingredients on the way home this afternoon....sounds yummy!!!!

  2. I know you won't have the wine, so drink your favorite cold one!