Sometimes I am capable of pulling my hand out of the box of cinnamon Cheerios long enough make a wholesome, adult dinner–it’s true! Behold, pasta with lots of vegetables, plus a lean, mean, mustard-based sauce. Maybe some cheese. Maaaayyybe just a smidge.
Once in a while, I need to detox from all the Delicious Things, and the thing about food detox is that often, that part is totally delicious, too. Unlike, say, Xanax or heroin detox, so… Don’t do drugs. Just eat butter and drink beer for a week, then follow it up with something that grows in dirt. Problems solved! Societal ills… I’m coming after all of you–with a bowl of pasta.
I grew 1/4th of what is here on the cutting board myself. Many, many plants had to perish for my gardening to get to this point, but who’s counting?
There’s no cream in the sauce, but it’s not a tomato-based sauce either. It’s based on mostly vegetables and mustard, which sounds odd, but it’s sooo not. It’s tangy, different and fresh.
Look at all of this. It’ll make you strong and wholesome.
I even bought veggie pasta, though you can certainly use whatever you like. I enjoyed this, if only for the pretty colors. I’m shallow when it comes to food.
It’s easy! This is what rehab looks like. Don’t believe me? You really shouldn’t… Good for you. But guess who has two thumbs and isn’t having a fried egg on a stale hot dog bun for dinner? This girl.
Broccoli Cauliflower Pasta
(barely adapted from Cooking Light)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 shallot, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 medium fresh tomatoes, diced
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 pound uncooked linguine
2 cups small cauliflower florets
2 cups small broccoli florets
1/4 cup grated Parmesan or Pecorino cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
Over medium heat, saute shallot and garlic in olive oil until translucent and fragrant–about 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, mustard and vinegar and continue cooking for a few more minutes. Keep warm.
Boil pasta in for 5-8 minutes (see directions on the package for guidance; I cooked mine for the amount of time instructed minus 3 minutes, or until it was not quite al dente). Add cauliflower and broccoli and cook for 3 more minutes or until tender. Drain well and stir in the tomato and mustard mixture–mix until well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with cheese and fresh parsley.