Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Do you really need a recipe?

My rosemary and basil lasted through the drought and weeks of 100+ weather. Other garden items did not fare as well. Those two are so good, though, that I believe they should be put to the best use. A quick meal, ready in less than twenty minutes using both of them puts them to their best use.

No, it's not a 'recipe', it's a main dish that is the most flexible. Let's start with a couple of chicken breasts -- since I'm fixing for a couple, some pasta of your choice, a little olive oil, salt (sea is my favorite), garlic rosemary and basil.

When my husband says he's about to be hungry (he's not sure) and I haven't given a single thought to what to fix, it's easy:

Put enough water in a sauce pan to cook the chosen spaghetti.  I like angel hair, but any kind will do. Salt the water and add a bit of oil to keep the pasta from sticking together - and add a bit of flavor, too.

While the water's heating, cut up the chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces. Have them ready to go into a hot skillet with a bit of olive oil.  You'll find out how much, but go lower if you're testing/learning. Purists would have the garlic in before the chicken. Maybe a bit of onion, too, if you'd like

While the chicken is searing nicely, stir to be certain it finishes about the same time. Between stirs, add the herbs -- and here you can really get creative with what you have as favorite seasonings.

If you're lucky you can finished the meat and pasta at the same time - drain pasta, plate, add meat and serve with side salad or fruit of your choice.

This can be done with a variety of pasta, meat and herbs. Add some vegetables (broccoli or tomatoes would be my first choices, but the limit is to taste) and enhance. The one thing you really don't need is -- a recipe!!!

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