Friday, March 6, 2009

Leek Love


leek first photo

Leeks are a root vegetable that I often overlook,but not anymore! Garlic and onion better watch out! Tonight I sliced three leeks into thin slices.Leeks have the best flavor when they are only an inch to an inch 1/2 wide in diameter.

leek second photo

Toss the slices into a small frying pan with 2 tbsp. of butter and cook on medium. Stir occasionally. Cook for as long as you like. I like to cook them until they brown on the edges.

You can serve them a ton of ways. Add them to soup or salads. They’re even great on a sandwich! But tonight I served them simply so I could get the full flavor. I combined gluten free pasta, roasted tomatoes, and leeks with a drizzle of olive oil. Delicious!

leek dish main photo

I sprinkled a teaspoon of crushed red pepper and Italian seasoning on top.

leek dish close up

Parrish went back for seconds! I’ve just recently discovered the importance of salting your pasta water heavily before you add the uncooked noodles. It gives the pasta the BEST flavor. You don’t need to add butter or sauce!

max action shot

Max was really hoping for a serving tonight too! But he settled for a scoop of dog food.


LizNoVeggieGirl said...

I've actually never cooked with leeks - I must do so!!

Love Max :-)

Meg said...

That looks delicious! I have never tried leeks!

Cheryl Pitt said...

I LOVE leeks, they are so yummy and mild.

Cheryl-The Garlic Press

Anonymous said...

Looks delicious. Love the pooch.

Anonymous said...

Leeks, interesting, I'll have to try them. Cute puppy!

Linda said...

I've used leeks before, and I really like them. For some reason, though, I forget to pick them up at the store. Old habits I guess. This sounds delicious. We have lots of pasta ideas this week!

Babyfro said...

What do you know, I just purchased some leeks yesterday. I'm making beef curry this week. Maybe I'll try this dish out too, looks simple and delish.

thewholegang said...

This looks great. I'll be over for dinner!

gfe--gluten free easily said...

Looks great AND simple--I love simple!


Unknown said...

So, I bought leeks yesterday at the farmer's market and I am hungry today. What pasta brand did you purchase?

I'm unaccustomed to GF pasta that stay's small like gluten pasta!

Marlow said...

I LOVE Tinkyada! It is the only brand of GF pasta that I use regularly. The spirals are fun, but in this particular recipe I used the penne. I would probably use the spirals though, because they hold up a bit better!