Monday, August 2, 2010

Pasta with Herbs

I know I gave you a simple pasta dish last week, and I was all ready to excite you with some crazy vegetable dish, or at least one that didn't include pasta. And I promise I will really switch gears next week, but this dish was SO YUMMY that I am very excited to share it with you. And it costs pennies. Pennies.

Last night I put the kids to bed and made myself dinner while Dave was being a rockstar with a longtime buddy. I finally rented Twilight and prepared myself for a quiet evening.

(I am so out of the loop. First of all, I hadn't seen the Twilight movie until last night. Second of all, I asked the guy at the video store what the first Twilight movie was called. He looked at me and said, "Uh, Twilight.")

Here is the photo:


And here is the recipe:

Pasta With Fresh Herbs
1/4 c extra virgin olive oil
1 clove minced garlic
1 c fresh herbs (I used about 1/2 cup basil, 1/4 cup dill, 1/4 cup tarragon)
1 T butter
I box linguine
salt and pepper

Cook the linguine in a big pot of salted water. Meanwhile, chop the herbs very finely and dump into a big bowl large enough to hold the pasta. You can use ANY herb you want, whatever is growing in your garden. Other herbs to use (besides the ones I used) include parsley, thyme, chervil, marjoram, small amount of rosemary).
Put the minced garlic and the olive oil in a small pan and heat on medium low. When the garlic starts to brown, remove from the heat (your neighbors will smell this oil from a block away, but don't worry, it's not a harsh garlic taste, I don't even really like garlic but it's totally worth it in this recipe).
Cut the tablespoon of butter into pieces and add to the bowl with the herbs. I usually eat SmartBalance, not butter, but I splurged last night. Again, totally worth it.
When cooked, drain the pasta and put in the bowl with the butter and herbs. Add enough garlic oil to coat and season with salt and pepper. I did not use the entire oil mixture, and my noodles were lightly coated, not greasy.

I tasted the noodles and made a beeline for my camera. This meal was so blogworthy, I couldn't wait to share it. I was so excited about eating it that I stood at my kitchen counter and finished the whole plate. I felt like such a goober eating a fancy delicious meal all by myself, but I loved every bite so I didn't feel lonely at all.


I finally settled in to catch-up with the rest of the human race and their love for vampires and blood. And I didn't like it one bit. Which didn't surprise me based on my lack on interest in all things fantastical and imaginary. But I know some really super-smart, cool, great people who live and breathe for the Twilight life. So I thought hey, I'm super-smart and cool and great, so let me give this obsession a try. Well I guess I'm not as super-smart and cool and great as I thought I was. But I'm SOOOO glad I didn't add the edward-jacob war to the long list of things that occupy my thoughts on a regular basis.

Like fabric, rice noodles, books, crystal light green-tea peach mango, hopes of a dslr camera, monograms, hummus, browsing etsy shops, fabric, down comforters, grocery shopping, the color aqua, knife pleats, portraiture, cookbooks, coconut milk, goodwill, covering breadboxes with scrapbook paper, pretzel m&ms, wearing my bathrobe most of the day, big bang boom, peonies, painting the playroom, flip flops, fabric, mother of pearl, bucket liners, nalgene bottles, suntans, southern living magazine, ocean isle beach, yard sales, slipcovers, fabric...


  1. looks absolutely yummy...
    I haven't even read or watched any Twilight, doesn't sound like I'm missing much!

  2. This sounds (and looks) yummy! Thanks for sharing! You've inspired me to try Meatless Mondays and this will definitely be my first meal!

  3. You should read the Twilight books and then see the movies. The movies aren't great - but when you know the book, the movies are just like icing :)

  4. I am not a fan of the Twilight craze. I have not read a single book or watched the movie and I have no interest in doing so... I have read what you are getting after with Meatless Monday and when I really sat and thought about it we only have meet maybe twice a week. This has been more of an effort to keep costs down but nice to know that it helps the earth too! Can't wait to try this recipe.