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!