I basically lived on this stuff for the last two years of college. It is super easy to prepare, and can be made on a college kid’s budget in even the tiniest of kitchenettes. All you really need for this is a stove and a couple of pans, one to cook the pasta and broccoli in and one to make the sauce in. I guess you could say that this is my own recipe (you can barely call it that, it’s so simple), and it perfectly demonstrates my philosophy that even with the extremely limited means of a college student, one can make healthful, delicious meals for oneself. There is no need for the Easy Macs and scrambled eggs for dinner you think of when you imagine the dietary habits of off-campus collegians. I have liked it so much that I still make it even when not limited to it by my budget. This makes a huge bowl of pasta in a light, garlicky lemon sauce and can easily be halved or modified or substituted. I have made it with lemon juice out of a bottle, fresh tarragon, shrimp, chicken, and asparagus before. Even the bumblingest of amateur cooks can whip this together in only the time it takes to boil water and cook pasta. My personal preference is to make this with fresh lemon juice and zest, dried tarragon, broccoli, and whole grain thin spaghetti.
Lemon Tarragon Pasta
4 oz. whole grain thin spaghetti
1 crown broccoli, broken into bite-sized florets
juice and zest of one lemon
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 – 4 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons dried tarragon
1 tablespoon romano cheese
crushed red pepper (optional)
Add pasta to boiling salted water and cook.
When there is 3 minutes left for the pasta, saute garlic and crushed red pepper in olive oil until it just starts to brown.
Remove from heat and add lemon juice and cheese to the oil, and stir until it’s melted. Stir in tarragon.
When there is 2 minutes left for the pasta, stir the broccoli right into the water with the pasta.
Drain the pasta and broccoli and toss with the sauce and lemon zest. Serve with additional cheese and red pepper to taste.
Serves 2 or 1 really hungry college guy (or 1 really hungry alumnus)