The reason I don't cook as well as my husband is because I won't use "exotic" ingredients in my preparation, but Deputy Dave loves using a wide variety ingredients.
Another reason I don't cook as well as my husband is...he can throw some ingredients together and it tastes delicious, and when I throw some ingredients together it tastes like compost.
|This is one of my dinners...YUM.|
Thank God he taught our daughters how to taste with their tastebuds and not their eyes or we wouldn't be enjoying all the delights that he so casually puts together.
DEPUTY DAVE'S PASTA HEAVEN
(This is a dinner for two, but you can double the ingredients or adjust as needed for more people, it's easy to adjust since the ingredients don't have to measured exactly for this flavorful dish to be excellent).
1) Approximately 1/2 cup of Olive Oil
2) Small Tin of Anchovies packed in Olive Oil (you will only use 4 fillets out of the can, you can put the remainder in a freezer baggie to use in another recipe or you can double this recipe and use the entire tin).
3) Cherry Tomatoes - quartered. We picked about 2 cups of cherry tomatoes from our garden for this recipe.
4) 1 Tablespoon of Capers (you can buy a little jar of these at the store).
5) 2 Cloves of Garlic, minced (we grow these)
6) 4-5 fresh Sweet Basil leaves, shredded (as much as you'd like, to taste and we also grow these)
7) 1/4th cup of Parmesan Cheese
8) Salt - Kosher
9) Spaghetti or other preferred pasta for 2-3 people prepared as directed on the package in a separate pot as you cook the sauce in the skillet.
1) In a large skillet set on medium heat, add the olive oil and and 4 Anchovy Fillets into the skillet while mashing and chopping the fillets until they begin to break down and dissolve. The flavor they give to the oil is amazing. Personally, I think anchovies are completely gross, but their flavor in a recipe is tasty. Again, Deputy Dave has convinced me, most times, to quit tasting with my eyes.
2) After the anchovies are dissolved into the oil, add the quartered Cherry Tomatoes and a couple of general pinches of kosher salt. Cook for about 2-3 minutes with heat reduced to medium-low heat. Stir frequently.
3) Add the Minced Garlic to the skillet and stir frequently for about five minutes or until the flavors are mingled and the garlic is sauteed nicely. During this time, make sure the pasta is timed to be ready on the stove next to the skillet.
4) Add the Capers and the Basil Leaves to the sauce and stir everything together, letting it cook for another couple of minutes. Almost there!
5) Turn off heat to the skillet. Remove the pasta from the pot in which it cooked and put it directly into the skillet with the sauce. Adjust how much pasta to add, depending on how much sauce you've made, you can add a little bit of the pasta water to your skillet, if needed. Toss pasta into sauce to coat.
6) Immediately add the Parmesan cheese and toss.
Now, you have a dish that's impressive, yet fairly easy to put together. This recipe is fun to make and left-overs can be put into a covered dish in the fridge for later. If you want, you can add sliced grilled chicken, sauteed shrimp or slices of sausage. As always, you are the Chef of your own kitchen.