While I am out and about in the world traveling for work, here is a great recipe that uses left over pasta and ingredients you’ve got on hand. I pretty much just threw this together last night after getting home late. Lo and behold, it’s damn good. We call it Pad See-Mac…or an in-house better-than-Hamburger Helper, because you made it yourself. And because it is loosely based on a pad see-ew recipe I was looking at the other day.
Back to the left over pasta. You know you have at least one, maybe two boxes or bags of pasta that are like 1/4 – 1/2 way full. I bet you have sugar or honey, and you have soy sauce or coconut aminos. Some garlic or garlic salt…and some kind of vegetable. Ground burger of some sort. Right? Oh and a white wine. For drinkin’. Because it’s a work night and a lady needs some wine. Because we are out of good beer. All we have left is some stuff we save for when we’re desperate, and we aren’t there yet. So wine. The chardonnay we drank, sorry can’t tell you which one because the bottle got recycled already, absolutely complimented the dish quite well. Can’t wait to make this, and drink that, again.
1 lbs ground meat – we used pork. Chicken, turkey, hamburger, it all works.
About 1 Barilla sized box of pasta. I had 1/4 box of some spiral whole wheat, and half a bag of some lemon pepper pasta from Trader Joe’s , which I might add is phenomenal in this dish. Rice noodles would probably work best, but again..using up odds and ends here.
1 1/2 heads of broccoli cut up
1/4 soy sauce/coconut aminos
1/3 honey or sugar – we used honey. Agave would work, brown sugar, you name it.
3 cloves of garlic diced up super small or micro-planed.
Combine soy sauce, one diced garlic clove and honey in a bowl.
In a large pan, salt and brown your burger meat. Take it out of the pan and place in a large bowl, drain the bulk of the oil, but not all as we are going to use it to saute the broccoli. Put the bowl in a microwave or oven so it will stay warm.
Get a pot of water boiling – salt the water and put some oil in there so nothing sticks together. Start boiling noodles.
In the same pan you browned the meat in, saute your broccoli on low. Add the rest of your garlic to the pan once the broccoli starts to just get soft. You have to time the broccoli to be done about the same time as the pasta. This takes thought. Apparently more thought than I had last night. But it still turned out just fine. Once the broccoli is nearly done, pour the soy mixture over it and let it simmer for a few minutes, but not enough to evaporate off by any means.
Drain the pasta, put it on top of the burger, put the broccoli and sauce over the top of it and toss. Chow down. Drink your wine. Sweet, tangy, salty. meaty goodness. Can’t get much better than this people. A nice, fairly healthy, quick meal that the whole family will enjoy. The versatility of this dish is great too – you can use any meat, any vegetable, any pasta.
As I mentioned, I’m headed to Vegas to walk around a trade show and gawk at some machinery, so this is the one and only for the week dear readers! I can’t wait to bring back some great photos and restaurant reviews for you. Enjoy!