April 19, 2011

Taste and Create - Simplest Pasta Dish Ever!

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Its that time of month again - for Taste & Create!  Taste & Create is an event that I participated in often prior to my neck surgery.  Even though it has been over 2 years since that surgery (can you BELIEVE that!?), it feels like finally things are starting to settle.  It went from one thing to another after I had that surgery and each event seemed like it couldn't get any worse.  Now, here we are, relocated, new (and better!) jobs and I'm finally blogging again the way I used to.  Seems like we are both happy at the same time with the situations in our professional and personal lives and I am not too certain it has ever been this way before!


Last month I decided to get back into Taste & Create because I enjoyed it so much.  This month I was paired with Shilpa of Passion + Love + Patience.  Shilpa has a variety of recipes on her blog, but when I saw this pasta side dish I knew I would be making it!  Pasta is one of my weaknesses - and my favorite way to eat it is without the red sauce!  Garlic & Olive Oil are the way to go for me!  I didn't make her recipe exactly as she wrote it, I had to improvise a little bit.  You can find the recipe for Shilpa's Simpilest Spaghetti Ever on her blog.  Below is the recipe the way I made it.  Enjoy!

Grumpy enjoyed the pasta dish.  His only comment to me was "you need to start measuring your ingredients". ha ha.  That was because I was a little more heavy handed on the red pepper flakes than he likes!  I will admit, I did put more in than I planned to.  It just "happened" ;o)


Cellentani Pasta Side Dish
adapted from Passion + Love + Patience

8 oz dried Cellentani pasta - cooked according to package directions and drained
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 large garlic cloves, crushed
sprinkling of red pepper flakes
1/4 cup fresh sliced basil
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
salt to taste

Heat olive oil over medium heat.  Add minced garlic and red pepper flakes.  Saute being careful not to burn the garlic 2-3 minutes.  Toss in pasta and heat through.  Remove from heat.  Mix in fresh basil and Parmesan cheese.  Season with salt, serve, enjoy!  Thank you Shilpa!



15 comments:

LeAnn said...

That looks delicious. That's pretty cute pasta. I love the combination of garlic and basil and parm. I can just hear Husband say it hasn't got any meat. Well, it would be good as a side dish next to the big old honking beef roast I have in my oven right now. There's a thought.

ann @Apples and Twinkies said...

Oooh, that pasta looks really great. I too could live without the red sauce. This garlic and olive oil looks like it would be right up my alley. Looks wonderful.

Sheila said...

Looks delicious and real easy to make. I will have to put it on my list of things to make this weekend! Enjoy your week!

Pegasuslegend said...

This is one we would all love delish!

Frieda Loves Bread said...

I love the simpleness of this dish and the cute swirlies of the pasta!

Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food said...

Can we ever have enough recipes for quick, easy, and delicious pasta dishes? This one looks perfect for a weeknight dinner with salad.

bellini said...

It does sound delicious Shelby. Simple sometimes equals best!!

briarrose said...

Lovely and so easy to put together.

teresa said...

this is my kind of pasta dish, flavorful, clean and delicious! i love the basil, YUM!

Linda said...

This looks delicious! It would make an excellent "go to" meal on a busy night.

Dan said...

Wow, it's the fresh basil that does it for me in this. Simple and tasty. Thanks for sharing!

Elle said...

I love simple pasta dishes that come together quickly, but taste great. Like this one!

Sippity Sup said...

I am taking a moment today to say hello to my Stumble friends. I don't always leave comments, but I appreciate your shares. I also want to say how much I have enjoyed watching your blog grow over this past year we have been sharing posts! Maybe it's just Spring in the air making me go all mushy, but I wanted to you to know that I like your site. GREG

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

So simple and so perfect! I'd love a bowl right now. :)

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