Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Spicy Broccoli and Red Pepper Pasta

aaand we're back.  After a stressful last month of school, I'm finally sitting comfortably in my parents' house, eating delicious Indian food and spending time with my family.  and what better way to spend Christmas Day than updating the blog?

In my opinion, one of the best parts of being at home is the kitchen; nothing beats a well-stocked fridge, an excellent assortment of cookware, and clean kitchen counters.  It's perfect for trying out new recipes! :)

also, i'm absolutely loving the variety of fresh vegetables in sunny California! after 2 months of mainly sweet potatoes, kale, and butternut squash in the cold northeast, it's exciting to see all the fresh produce.

anyways, here's a festive Christmas pasta that I tried out a few days ago... enjoy!

i like to stir fry the broccoli on high heat so that it chars at the ends.  that way it's still crunchy when you toss it with the pasta :)  

"no mom don't move the spatula ahhhh!"

the onions and peppers were also cooked on rather high heat... i'm glad i didn't set off the fire alarm!

... and that's how we do Christmas in California :) happy holidays everyone!


Spicy Broccoli and Red Pepper Pasta:
1 lb uncooked penne pasta
1 head broccoli, cut into small florets
2 fresh red peppers, cut into strips
3/4 large red onion, chopped
1 tablespoon rasam powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup fresh parmesan (optional)

Cook pasta according to package's instructions. Toss with olive oil and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat up a small pan with olive oil, and cook the onions and rasam powder for 4 to 5 minutes.  Add in the red peppers, salt, and cayenne pepper, and cook until they are starting to brown. In a separate nonstick pan, heat up the olive oil and cook the broccoli for 3 to 4 minutes under high heat. When the broccoli starts to brown, add in salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper.  Continue to stir fry under medium heat, until broccoli is cooked but crunchy throughout.

Toss the red peppers and broccoli with the pasta.  Top with parmesan before serving.

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