[personal profile] elvenjaneite
Next week I'm planning to post my dinner arrangements so this is by way of testing the system.

My roommate has an evening class so I thought it would be nice to have dinner made for her (she's a vegetarian). We had about half a head of broccoli and an ear of corn that really needed to get used up so I made a vegetable pasta dish.

I cut up broccoli and carrots and sliced the kernels off of the ear of corn. I put them in the pot and left them there while I got everything else ready.

I started the pasta (the spiral-y kind, but it could be anything) and turned it down to low after the water boiled.

In a frying pan I heated 1 T olive oil and about 1 T butter. I chopped up a small clove of garlic and added it. When they were bubbling I whisked in 2 T whole wheat flour. I stirred it until it was nice and bubbly. Then I stirred in about 1 c milk. When it had thickened a bit I also added 1 T lemon juice and 1-2 t soy sauce. I stirred those in well and then turned it off.

While it was turned off I started the vegetables steaming and chopped up another clove of garlic, 1/4 an onion, about 1/4 t fresh ginger, and a few mushrooms. Then I added 1/8 t nutmeg, 1/8 t chili powder, 1/4 t pepper, and 1/2 t ground ginger to the sauce. I turned it back on, whisked it a bit more, and added the onion, mushrooms, garlic, and ginger. I cooked these for a bit and added 2 t heavy cream (we just happened to have some--this part really isn't necessary). I let the onion and mushroom cook a bit while I drained the vegetables. I used some of the broth to thin the sauce down reasonably. When the onion and mushrooms were cooked enough, I added the pasta and vegetables and stirred it all up. I put a bit of Parmesan cheese on top of mine.

Would I make it again? Yes, definitely. It ended up being nice and flavorful with a very slightly spicy aftertaste. I added a little more lemon juice and soy sauce. But overall this was a fairly quick and yummy dinner.

Ingredients:
broccoli
carrots
corn
onion
mushrooms
garlic
fresh ginger (about 1/4 t)
1 T olive oil
1 T butter
2 T flour
1 c milk
1 T lemon juice (to taste)
1-2 t soy sauce (to taste)
1/8 t nutmeg
1/8 t chili powder
1/4 t pepper
1/2 t ground ginger
broth of some sort
2 t heavy cream (optional)
pasta
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