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Here’s what I did for a quick weeknight dinner:
La Diva’s Quick Lemony Thai Pasta with Chicken and Vegetables
1/2 lb. lemon ginger fettuccine
2 boneless chicken breasts, cut into chunks
1 box frozen thawed snap peas or 1 cup fresh
1 inch lemongrass sliced thin
1/2 inch knob ginger, grated
3 green onions, sliced thinly
7 grape tomatoes, quartered
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 small carrot, julienned
Bring pasta water to boil and cook pasta al dente, add a bit of butter and set aside. Meanwhile, heat oil in wok. When smoking, add chicken and salt generously. Add the lemongrass and keep stirring. Add garlic and the peas with a ladle of the pasta water. Grate the ginger directly into the wok, stir. If it gets dry, add a bit more pasta water. Now add all the remaining ingredients and stir in the cooked pasta. Add a small knob of butter and serve immediately!
La Diva is one of those people that manages to make something out of nothing and if you keep a well-stocked pantry, you can do the same. I usually keep a few frozen veggies for curries and the like and would have preferred fresh peas but hey, it was raining buckets so I lived with it! I also keep fresh ginger root and lemongrass stalks right in the freezer and use as needed. With the addition of the “fresh” ginger and the lemongrass to brighten up the dish, you get the lively flavor as if you had grown the herbs in your garden! Divine, darlings!
What do you whip up with pantry and freezer items in a pinch? La Diva would LOVE to know! Ta ta for now! cooking class, cocktails, parties, cocktail party, Miami, coral gables, events, bartending class, cocktail class, Laura Lafata, Miami Beach, miami cooking classes, bachelorette parties, bachelorette party
Originally posted 2009-05-26 23:34:00.