Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Macaroni with Garlicy-Balsamic Cherry Tomatoes & Broccoli- 0.95€/serving

Today, I'd like to introduce you all to an old friend of mine. Just hearing his(her?) name brings back memories of my Italian grandmother's delicious cooking, and reminds me of all of the times (s)he has made my poor-people's food taste like something a little less sad. Everyone, meet balsamic vinegar.

Balsamic vinegar is a versitile, inexpensive ingredient that, for about 2€ a bottle, can turn a bland cucumber and tomato salad, or a boring tomato sauce, into something memorable. Most people know how good it is in salad dressings, but many don't realize how well it works for roasting. This week, K-Supermarket City had a sale on cherry tomatoes for 1€ per 250g tin, as well as broccoli for 1€ per head. When I saw these deals, I know immediately what I was going to do.

Macaroni with Garlicy-Balsamic Cherry Tomatoes & Broccoli - serves 2 for €0.95/serving and ready in under 30 minutes. Prices based on K-Supermarket City on Satakunnankatu in Pori.

1 x 250g tin cherry tomatoes - 1€
1/2 head broccoli(roughly 200g) - 1€-head = 0.50€
2 cloves garlic - 0.50€/head; 0.10€
25ml or so balsamic vinegar - 2.09/bottlle/250ml bottle; 0.21€
200g macaroni - 0.19€/400g bag; 0.10€
Olive oil

Preheat oven to 180c. Wash the tomatoes and broccoli, then put the tomatoes and a baking dish. Cut the head of broccoli in half, chop half of it and toss it in the pan with the tomatoes(the other half of the head can be used for anything, really). Mince the garlic, either with a knife or a garlic press, and toss it in the dish. Then add the balsamic, olive oil, salt, and pepper, and make sure the broccoli and tomatoes and coated well with everything. Roast in the oven for about 25 minutes. In the meantime, boil the macaroni. Once the tomatoes and broccoli have roasted, add in the macaroni and stir well. 

I was really happy with how this came out. I was quite full, and I felt good knowing how healthy my meal was. This recipe is vegan, too!

What's your favorite way to use balsamic vinegar? Tell me in the comments!

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