I dread dinner sometimes. I put thought into what I am making, I take time to shop for ingredients, spend time making it and plate it in the most appetizing way possible to avoid the constant complaining of my oldest (picky) child.
So, imagine my utter shock this evening when I made something that my son actually complimented!?!
I made something that was not meant to be dipped in barbecue sauce or on a bun and he ate it and what’s more…He LIKED it!! I feel like I need to shout this from the rooftops!!
I have always had a little satisfaction in knowing that my younger son will eat just about anything. He is a budding food connoisseur in his own right. He is, after all, the one who gave me my little nickname : Basilmomma.
But now that I have this stellar endorsement from my 11 year old I am going to share this very easy and super yummy pasta recipe with all of you. You really can’t go wrong here. This is simple and will please even the most critical of your family members.
I must warn you….this dish is heavy on the garlic. It is subtle but necessary. Don’t cut corners here, use the real thing. You won’t regret it. Your co-workers may…but you won’t 😉
Pasta for my Son
9 cloves garlic-minced
1/2 C olive oil
6 TB butter
1 15 oz. can crushed tomatoes
Coarse salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
1 lb. spaghetti ( I used the Barilla brand that has ridges..to hold the sauce)
1 bunch chopped fresh Basil
Grated Parmesan cheese for garnish
In a small saucepan, cook the garlic in the olive oil on LOW for 30 minutes. Stir from time to time.
In a medium sauce pan add the butter and crushed tomatoes and stir until well blended and the butter is melted.
Stir in the garlic/oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Allow the flavors to meld for 10 minutes.
Toss with the cooked, warm pasta in a serving bowl. Sprinkle the basil and Parmesan on top as desired.
A sneak peak from Heather ~ Cooking for myself and my family is more than just a necessity. I truly enjoy it. Now, that doesn’t mean that I wake up every morning, tie on an apron and start taking orders. No way! But I do enjoy the happiness that a tall stack of pancakes or a dish of steaming hot enchiladas brings my 3 Boys! Nigella Lawson once said when asked what she thought of a particular dish on Iron Chef, that if the food brings her pleasure to eat then it is good.
My food isn’t fancy but it is real. My recipes aren’t from Le Cordon Bleu but they were tested in my kitchen and they work for me. My Panel of Judges seem to agree as well 🙂
So I hope you enjoy reading about my culinary successes as well as my failures…… and all of the life that happens along the way.