Saturday, November 22, 2014

[RECIPE] Earthy Garlic Pasta with Banana Blossom (Puso ng Saging) and Corn Bits


The infusion of banana blossom, bay leaf and garlic in this dish gives this pasta that delicious earthy flavor. If you want to cook with ingredients that are cheaper than mushrooms but more or less taste the same, banana blossom can do the job well. The corn bits toppings in this pasta dish will keep every bite interesting.

Pasta has been my staple food lately. It has also been my all-time favorite. I've been wanting to make Aglio e Olio (garlic and oil) pasta lately, but I have run out of chili flakes.

Aglio e Olio is a pasta dish that is simple to prepare, so I decided to make a pasta dish that is a bit similar. As usual, I prefer to use ingredients that I already have. That also allows me to be more creative with my dishes.

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I still have uncooked minced banana blossom left from the previous Banana Blossom Patties with Butter Sauce recipe so I will be using what was left to make this one.

Inspired by one of the dishes featured in 49 Days, a Korean drama that I've recently watched, bay leaf will be added to this dish.

I also have a large bag of Boy Bawang corn bits that I need to use up before they lose their crisp.

I know those are weird and unlikely combo to be putting in a pasta, but you'd be surprised how a pasta dish can be very versatile. If you're a real foodie, I know you will be able to appreciate this dish.

Enjoy the recipe!






Delicious Pasta with garlic oil, banana heart and corn bits



A simple pasta dish inspired by Aglio e Olio with a Filipino twist adding banana heart and corn bits.



Ingredients:
  • 70 grams spaghetti pasta
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 tbsp banana heart, minced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • and so on...
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • crushed corn bits (Boy Bawang)
  • McCormick Italian Seasoning
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions:

  1. Pasta:Boil 5 cups water in a deep cooking pot. (Optional: Add 1 tbsp of salt and 2 tbsp of cooking oil.) Just as the water is boiling, add the pasta. When the pasta's a little al dente, remove the pan from heat. Do not drain yet. Allow the pasta to be cooked by the residual heat. Drain only when ready to use. Set aside.
  2. Garlic Oil: Heat the pan in a medium low heat and add olive oil. Add garlic until golden brown. Add banana heart shaving and bay leaf. Saute. Add the pasta that you've set aside earlier. Mix the pasta and the olive oil mix. Make sure every inch of pasta gets infused with the garlic oil. Sprinkle McCormick Italian Seasoning. Continue to saute. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Plate pasta and sprinkle with the crushed corn bits on top.
  4. Serve

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