A Little Time and a Keyboard: Quick Monday Night Dinner Thanks To Giada

Quick Monday Night Dinner Thanks To Giada

Monday, October 3, 2011

Ok, so, I am not a big Giada fan.  Something about her face bothers me and she just seems to be too put together to be a chef.  When cooking, I am all about the mess!  Working yourself into a frenzy that results in a great meal provides such a rush!  Anyway, while scouting out simple, vegetarian recipes, I ran across an easy pasta recipe using some of my favorite ingredients---sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, and basil---and it so happened that it is one of Giada's recipes.  Despite my probably unfair aversion to all things Giada, I decided to try Giada's recipe.  The recipe definitely delivered!  It was easy and had great flavor.  The only criticism I have is it may have had a little too much garlic.  Garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, and fresh basil are all heavy hitters, so, at times, it did taste like they were fighting each other for the spotlight.  If I make the recipe again, I will probably not put in the full amounts of each ingredient to start with and will try to tinker more with the amounts.   Additionally, I am going to try adding some different ingredients.  This time, I added artichokes.  They were a nice addition.  Next time, I may add either spinach or asparagus.  All in all, it is a great recipe that can easily be tweaked according to your particular taste.  Here is a link to the recipe:  http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/penne-with-sun-dried-tomato-pesto-recipe/index.html

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