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.