Monday, June 22, 2015

Spelt Pasta with Tomato and Broccoli


Looking out at the ocean I feel peaceful and at home. The waves go on for miles and miles. Brown pelicans swoop down in a formation close to the water looking for food. There are times during the day that you can hear the waves pounding against the rocks. The rocks are basalt, an extension of the ocean floor. So quiet and so busy all at the same time.


The garden is coming along and I am harvesting lettuce leaves off the plants one and two at a time. It is still too early for most of greens so I am having to pick up them up at the farmer’s market. Last week I picked up some beautiful tomatoes and broccoli from a farm in central Oregon. The tomatoes tasted like a real tomato, you know……. the summer kind, and that is how this dinner came about, spelt pasta with tomato and broccoli.


Ingredients:

1 pound fresh spelt pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1 red onion (chopped)
½ cup white wine
1 ½ cups heavy cream
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
3 to 4 large tomatoes ( seeded and chopped into pieces)
2 large heads broccoli (trimmed to florets)

To prepare:

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add pasta and cook until tender but firm to the bite about 2 to 4 minutes. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water, then scoop out pasta and set aside. Bring water back up to a boil; add broccoli and cook until just tender about 2 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Next the red onion is sautéed until softened about 5 minutes. Add garlic, cook another minute; stirring constantly. Add tomatoes and saute another 5 minutes or so, add wine and cook down until almost evaporated. Add broccoli, lemon zest and juice and stir to combine. Then add cream, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper and continue cooking over medium heat for 5 minutes. The sauce should begin to thicken.


Add pasta and combine, if necessary add the pasta water (a half a cup at a time) until you get the right consistency. (I only added 1/2 cup) Enjoy! 
Cheri Savory Spoon
Cheri Savory Spoon

Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.

68 comments:

  1. What a great view, Cheri. My husband would be looking out at that all day if he could. : ) Glad to see you're having a relaxing summer. I have some spelt pasta (but no garden for my own produce so it's always the market/farmer's market for me). This looks like a wonderful dinner to enjoy in front of that window!

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    1. Hi Monica, farmer's markets sure are fun, love all the hustle and bustle. We really enjoyed this meal, there is nothing like fresh summer veggies.

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  2. such a beautiful view and description of it, too!

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  3. First of all that view is incredible! And your garden is looking amazing too. The spelt pasta sounds like something I could eat everyday - love the (summer) tomato and broccoli - the colors are great!

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    1. Thanks Tricia, we have 3 large blueberry bushes and after seeing your blueberry pie today and we have not enjoyed 1 berry off our bushes bececause of the darn birds we are buying the berries from the farmers market, found these beautiful veggies there.

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  4. That's a very beautiful view! The spelt pasta with veggies looks light and delicious.

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    1. Thanks Angie, love the flavor of the pasta, also, there is nothing like fresh summer tomatoes

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  5. I've been eating lots of broccoli with pasta in a creamy sauce recently but hadn't thought of adding toms. I'll be trying that soon as I have a head of broccoli in the cupboard already. Tomorrow nights dinner sorted then. :)

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    1. Hi Johnny, let me know what you think, but if I think I know anything about you now....you will elevate everything about tnhis dish

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  6. Oh, yum! This is just the sort of supper this Ninja Baker can really sink her teeth into =) Thank you for the recipe - which shall be enjoyed...I want to thank you, too, Cheri, for your poetic observations and insights...P.s. I love seeing pelicans (in Florida) and there is something oh, so soothing about seawater saying hello =)

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    1. Hi Kim, you understand all too well....the sea is an emotional thing, and the animals are all so magical

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  7. Cheri , what a gorgeous view , beautiful and relaxing and best of all , relax with a delicious dish . Nee : )

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    1. Hi Nee, I feel at home by the ocean not sure why but I do. Take care!!

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  8. Cheri: I love the thought of the ocean being quiet and busy at the same time. Charming. Poetic. Wow. The garden is lovely and this dish is perfect. You make me taste summer. Thank you so much. D

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    1. Hi Dena, I wish we could spend a winter here and experience the storms, maybe in 10 years or so, anyway, love this part of the country. I imagine it's like parts of the east coast, maybe by you.

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  9. What a gorgeous view, Cheri! I love it! So beautiful, relaxing and peaceful place! Have a lovely time!

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    1. Thank you Marcela, hope your enjoying NY!

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  10. The view of the ocean is so beautiful, Cheri! Is that from your house? Such a site for sore desert eyes! :) I think I wouldn't get much done as I would always be looking out the window. What a problem to have, though! This pasta dish sounds so delicious! Perfect for summer. Thanks so much for sharing it and your beautiful view so I can live vicariously through you!

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    1. Yes Shari that is our view. Though our house here needs alot of work. What we have discovered is that we have 2 homes in 2 extreme climates....too much work.

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  11. What an outstanding view you have. From the desert to the sea, how lucky you are! And this pasta sounds delicious. I am a huge fan of cream. It however, is not a huge fan of me!

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    1. Hi Abbe, I know what you mean I love a white sauce much better than a red even though I know the red is better for me.

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  12. I love it when tomatoes smell like they have just been touched by the sun. Lovely recipe Cheri :)

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    1. Thanks Tandy, summer is definitely the time for tomatoes.

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  13. Hi Cheri,
    Wish I could immerse in such wonderful, peaceful and serenity environment! Lovely delicious pasta too ... Enjoy!

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    1. Thanks Karen, I am enjoying myself.

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    2. Hi Karen, I try to stop and look around and tell myself to enjoy it all. Sometimes it is hard.

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  14. What a simple, delicious meal. You'll be so excited when that garden comes in!

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    1. Hi Beth, anytime now, we have already had a salad out of it, which was delicious.

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  15. This pasta sounds fantastic-I love simple meals, or really, anything involving pasta :) Your garden looks beautiful, I just planted mine last weekend, I love following along and seeing what other people grow :)

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    1. Hi Phi, I can only grow leafy greens here on the coast and a few other types of veggies. Would love to hear about your garden.

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  16. Your view is incredible..you must love being there..watching the sea and the gardens grow.
    So peaceful!
    I ahve not tried spelt pasta yet;)

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    1. Hi Monique, I really enjoyed the texture of the pasta...the flavor was slightly nutty. Take care!

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  17. This sounds like a wonderful summer dish, Cheri. And I love your ocean view!

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  18. I'm so envious with the ocean and the waves, lucky you! I'd want to stay there forever. The garden looks good and so does the dish!

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    1. Hi Pam, I would love to stay here full time, but we have to work. I enjoy gardening here.

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  19. You sound so relaxed and it seems you're in a beautiful environment. How lovely that the vegetables are almost ready for harvest. I love to cook with spelt pasta and this looks like a great mid-week meal xx

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    1. Thanks Charlie, the garden is getting very close.

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  20. This is truly a heaven place and with pesto pasta really amazing

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    1. Thanks Jayanthi Sindhiya, appreciate you stopping by. Take care!

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  21. Beautiful view, I must say!!
    Pasta looks very interesting...love it with the brocolli!
    Have a great day!!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Thanks Linda, broccoli is one of my favorie veggies.

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  22. Gosh, I envy you that view! I'm starting to get some tomatoes out of our garden (mainly cherry tomatoes, but some larger ones too). Would love to use them in a dish like this! Such a nice recipe -- thanks.

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    1. Thanks John, I cannot grow tomatoes here, always have to buy them from someone else. That is wonderful that you can grow your own.

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  23. Great recipe for the garden bounty! I have been picking some cherry tomatoes but the regular ones are still really green. It has been so hot here that my spinach is going to seed and the lettuce (except the pot in the pure shade) has slowed production as well. Happy Wednesday - love the sound of waves...

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    1. Thanks Mindy, I agree, the waves are so relaxing and the garden is in pretty good shape. Have not had much rain this summer. Take care!

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  24. Tomatoes…one of the best things about summer. Your garden looks like it is growing nicely. Love the sound of the pasta dish.

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    1. Thanks Karen, I am not able to grow tomatoes myself, but I agree they are so good in the summertime.

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  25. I am always up for a good pasta recipe. This looks so good :)

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    1. Thanks Cathleen, nothing better than fresh veggies and a little cream......

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  26. my favorite kind of tomatoes are the kinds that taste like real summer tomatoes. what a great use for them!

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    1. Thanks Lan, they are my favorite as well. Have a great week-end!

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  27. Cheri I can easily eat a big bowl of this warming pasta bowl right now!! Yumm!

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  28. Oh gosh, I'm not as adventurous as I'd like to be with unusual types of pasta, I have to search this one out - and your garden is to die for!!

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    1. Thanks Sue, I was very happliy surprised myself about the pasta. It was even better the next day.

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  29. This pasta dish looks so hearty and healthy!

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    1. Thanks Marcie, I really enjoyed this dish. Take care!

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  30. This pasta dish looks so hearty and healthy!

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  31. Cheri... what a gorgeous view and what an amazing pasta dish. . Looks super delicious and healthy.. :)

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  32. It sounds like heaven there, and I can see why you love it so.

    We haven't tried spelt pasta yet - I wodner what has been keeping me from it?

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    1. Hi David, yes, I do love it here and if you can find some try the fresh spelt pasta, it has a nice texture and flavor.

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  33. What a wonderful view, Cheri. It looks so peaceful. Years ago when I was working full-time at a very stressful job, I used to drive over the hill to the ocean and run on a trail that edged a cliff looking over the ocean. Just being there smelling the sea, watching it move, eased my stress in wonderful ways. I would love your pasta dish!

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