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Broccoli Pasta with Tomato White Wine Sauce 
Mar. 8, 2013 8:04 am 
Updated: Mar. 9, 2013 5:58 pm

Ease of Preparation: 3 stars

Cost: 3 stars

I was really looking forward to making this dish. Pasta dishes are one of my favorite things. So, I carefully selected the wine and broccoli. I chose to use regular broccoli, because we do not have broccoli rabe in our local grocery store. It also didn’t have fusilli. I had no idea what fusilli was, so I went with penne.

The recipe started out easy enough. Blanch some broccoli and cook pasta, but that is where it ended for me. I started the oil and garlic mixture on medium, but by the time I got all of my ingredients in there, the garlic had burnt. 

After the pans were cleaned of their chunky brown bits, I started over. This time I turned the heat down, managed my time better and was able to follow the instructions.

Like the tomato soup, there was a distinct flavor of canned tomatoes. It seemed to overpower the dish. As we were drinking the wine with the meal, we realized that it was very sweet and bland for a Riesling. That is probably why it didn’t stand out more.

Even my husband gave this dish 3 stars, which never happens. My oldest managed to eat the pasta out of it while the youngest almost cleaned his plate. I was hungry for seconds, but couldn’t finish them. I simply didn’t like it, and the more I ate of it the worse it got.

Although I’m sure it was simply my preparation of the dish that was lacking, I don’t think that I will be making this again. I also may steer clear of canned tomatoes in the future if I don’t think that the rest of the flavors can stand up to them.

Fusilli with Rapini (Broccoli Rabe), Garlic, and Tomato Wine Sauce
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Mar. 8, 2013 8:50 pm
Adding a little sugar to canned tomatoes or canned tomato sauces, including spaghetti sauce, marinara, etc., will usually make it taste less like the can.
Mar. 8, 2013 9:33 pm
Thank you very much for such a helpful tip. I will have to keep this in mind.
Mar. 9, 2013 6:24 am
I'm betting you will find the more you cook at home, the less you will like canned stuff. Happened to me. I still use some canned, but can taste it too. Congrats, your taste buds are shifting!! A tip on garlic. It cooks very very quickly. As soon as you can smell it, it's done. About 30 seconds. After that it just gets bitter.
Mar. 9, 2013 2:18 pm
That's a great little tidbit that I will have to remember.
Mar. 9, 2013 5:58 pm
I agree with AZ93 - I have become a bit of snob when it comes to canned anything. Especially when I figured out I can make a lot of things myself easier then I thought. With tomoatoes I have to steer clear of the off brands as I think they taste like tin. I try to get them with no salt, sugar, etc added. Keep at it - there are no failures, only learning experiences! (at least that's what I tell my family) :)
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I'm a domestically challenged stay-at-home mom with two small boys and a wonderful husband. I have attempted to cook periodically, but was never very good at it. I am now into it with determination to make it work.
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Veggies, Fish, and Pasta
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Chicken Stroganoff
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It's still too early to have many triumphs, but I have been doing okay with was I've tried.
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Pasta with broccoli, tomato, and white wine sauce; roasted carrots
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