Saturday, January 21, 2012

Birdsview's Best Pasta

What you will need:
  • 1 Tablespoon of garlic.
  • Half a stick of butter
  • About 25 sticks of asparagus
  • Half a cup chopped onion
  • 1-2 Cups of sliced mushrooms
  • 1 Cup of sour cream
  • A Medium handful of pasta noodles
  • 1/3 Of a package of tofu chopped into cubes
  •  A dash or two of salt and pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons oil
  • As much grated Parmesan as your heart desires!

The Tofu Part:
  • Cut a stick of butter/margarine in half and place it into a small microwavable bowl with the garlic.
  • Nuke it until the butter melts.
  • Soak the chopped tofu in the butter/garlic mixture. Sprinkle an itee-bitee amount of salt in the bowl.
  • Make sure to coat all the tofu cubes then set aside.

The Asparagus Part:
  • Bend the bottom ends of your asparagus spears and they will snap at their natural breaking point.
  • Toss the bottoms. (They are very dry)
  • Cut the asparagus into inch long strips.
  • Boil asparagus in 1 inch of boiling water with a dash of salt for 3-5 minutes.
  • Immediately rinse and strain to prevent over cooking then set aside.

The Mushroom + Tofu + Onion / Pasta Part:
Do these steps at the same time.
We used some of our home grown oyster mushrooms. Mmmmm!

  • In a large skillet on medium heat, empty the bowl of your soaking tofu garlic mix plus your sliced mushrooms and chopped onion.
  • Leave the lid off. 
  • Cook until the pasta is "al dente" with a tablespoon or so of oil to prevent the noodles sticking together and add a dash of salt.

Cook both at the same time.
  • Once the pasta is done, drain and set aside. Check your pan of mushrooms. If you think they are all done (which they should be within a couple minutes of the noodles) turn off the pan and throw in the asparagus to reheat.
  • <------ Like the picture to the left.

Put the sour cream
As much parmesan as you see fit
A dash of salt and pepper
Pasta noodles
Mix the awesomeness. 
You know you want too!

Put all ingredients together. 
The best pasta ever!
Hope you enjoy.

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