Cooking pasta with basil and dill is an extension of the cherry tomato-olive oil tandem. In fact, you can play with different herbs and spices; vegetables and proteins with cherry tomatoes and olive oil base. They work wonders for a pasta recipe.
More so, olive oil is a healthy oil, with lots of omega-3 fatty acids. It's good for your cardio-vascular health. And like many of my recipes, we won't be using much of artificial flavors or MSG here so cooking pasta with basil and dill will be a very healthy meal for your family.
Ingredients in cooking pasta with basil and dill:
- olive oil
- cherry tomatoes, cut in halves
- dill (I used dill tips that I bought from the grocer's)
- basil powder (also bought from the grocer's)
- generous amount of garlic, crushed
- red bell peppers, cut in strips
- shiitake mushrooms, cut in strips
- red chili, chopped
- chicken breasts, cut in strips
- dried paprika
- fish sauce
- powdered pepper
- hot water
Let's start cooking pasta with basil and dill.
1. Cook the pasta.
2. When done, set aside the pasta for later.
3. Put olive oil in a very hot pan.
4. Saute' a portion of the garlic.
5. Put the chicken when the garlic turns golden. Stir well.
6. When cooked, set the chicken aside.
7. Season the chicken with dill, fish sauce and pepper as it sits.
8. Using the same pan, add some more olive oil.
9. Saute' the rest of the garlic with the dried paprika.
10. Add the tomatoes with the garlic turns golden. Mix well.
11. When the tomatoes release their juices, add back the flavored chicken. Mix well.
12. Lower the heat.
13. Add water to prevent the pan from drying when we add the pasta later.
If you don't want a very spicy dish, you may remove the paprika before adding the water.14. Season with basil powder; enough to leave its flavor into the dish.
15. Season with fish sauce and pepper.
16. Add the pasta into the dish. Mix well.
17. Add basil and dill, as you deem necessary.
18. Serve with a cold beverage.
Pasta with basil and dill is an absolute delight. It's a very satisfying snack or meal; and highly nutritious at that, too.
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