Friday, April 24, 2009

Today's Post is Brought to You by the Letter C

That’s right, C is for Costco, and Costco is for me. Not just because they are currently carrying one of my favorite cheeses (Delice de Bourgogne) or because you can buy good scotch there, but also because I can get a giant bag of garlic that will ensure that no vampire ever gives this house a second look. We’re talking a food-service sized bag of garlic. And I have plans to use it in a reasonable amount of time too. I am not embarrassed. (Where it calls for 3-4 cloves in a recipe, I use double or triple that amount.)

Anyway, let’s get to the recipe, whose three main ingredients—pasta, cheese, and garlic—can be purchased at Costco and will provide you with many a meal. Yes, you will end up with about 10 pounds of spaghetti, but it’s a worthy investment.

The Costco Shopping List

Christopher Ranch garlic (3lbs)
Garofalo Organic Whole Wheat Spaghetti (like, a lot)
Galbani Fresh Mozzarella (3 individually wrapped 1 pound balls, in water)

Garlicky Spaghetti with Broccoli and Cheese

½ pckg whole wheat pasta
½ Tbsp olive oil
5-6 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 medium head of broccoli
2/3 of fresh mozzarella ball, cubed
1 tbsp salted butter (I used Kerrygold)
hard Italian cheese for grating

1. Boil pasta according to instructions.
2. Meanwhile, sauté garlic in olive oil in a large pot (big enough to add pasta later) until tender; steam broccoli until tender, as well.
3. When garlic is soft, add broccoli and cook for 2 minutes.
4. Drain pasta, and add to the pan. Add butter and cheese cubes, toss on low heat.

Serve with grated cheese on top.

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