Hi everyone! I am trying out this blogging thing! Bear with me as I don’t really know what I am doing. I am going to try to make it look pretty, provide information and maybe make you laugh once or twice. Let’s see how this goes!
We lead very busy lives running a farm and store. Therefore, I am always looking for quick dinners I can start when I get home at 6:00pm and have on the table by 7:00pm. Meals with the least hands-on prep are helpful too because I have a toddler bouncing around as I am trying to cook. The benefit of running a food market is I can grab some supplies when I leave work to use for dinner!
I wanted to share with all of you the dinner I made last night. I used several items we have right here in our store, including a new product I am obsessed with at the moment. This meal took me about 30 minutes to put together from start to finish. And there were only six ingredients! (Please ignore the fact that there are four ingredients in the picture. LOL!)
- Olive Oil
- Parmesan Cheese
- Broccoli – You can use fresh or when I’m really pressed for time, I actually use a bag of frozen broccoli–cook it a little longer in the oven (@400F for 25 minutes) and it turns out amazing!
- Seasoning – I like using McCormick’s Montreal Seasoning or Wildman’s Garden Fresh
- Pasta- I used spaghetti, but really you can use any kind you want.
- David & Davis Parmesan Cracked Peppercorn Cooking & Dipping Oil
I start by preheating my oven to 400F to get it ready to roast the broccoli and putting a pot of water on the stove for the pasta. I used frozen broccoli last night, but you can easily use fresh if you have the time to cut it up. The broccoli goes on an aluminum foil covered baking sheet. I pour a little olive oil on top and sprinkle my seasoning. I use my hands to mix it all up, pop it in the oven and set the timer for 10 minutes.
When the water boils, I add the pasta (I use about half a pound) and prepare my David & Davis Cooking Oil. There are instructions on the bottle, but you add 2T of hot tap water to rehydrate the spices in the bottle, let it sit for 5 minutes and then fill with olive oil. Voila! You have a wonderful seasoned oil for cooking or dipping bread.
My one tip for using this product is to make sure to use a paper towel to cover the spout while you are shaking it up. We won’t talk about why that is my tip. 🙂 When the pasta is cooked and drained, I stir in about 2-3T of the oil to coat the pasta. This is also when I shake in some parmesan cheese so it melts. I let this sit as the broccoli finishes cooking. At this point, I also add some Texas Toast to the toaster oven.
Make sure to remember to stir the broccoli after 10 minutes and let it roast for about 10 more minutes. I like our broccoli a little brown on the edges so I cook mine for about 20 minutes total. Yum!
When the broccoli is done, I simply put the pasta in a bowl and dump the broccoli on top. You can always add baked chicken breast to this meal for some protein. Chris and I really enjoyed the Davis & Davis oil! It was our first time trying it and I am looking forward to finding other ways to use it. I want to make fresh bread and use it as a dipping sauce. Here is the final meal. I added a little cheese to the top and it was delicious!
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