Dragonfly-Shaped Pasta Recipe
It's that time of the year when bugs get in the way and bug spray becomes a way of life. So, let's try turning some of nature's beautiful creations into an appetizing lunch.
As mentioned in this post, you may want to try using colored pasta to spice things up a little. However, if you're looking to keep things healthy, try using whole wheat spaghetti for a more "earthy" take on this dish. (Dragonfly flying over soil and flowers and all that…)
Food is art and this dish represents just that! Now, what else is left to do except use your newly created friends to introduce your children to the yummyness of vegetables? Let's get started!
- STep-by-step InSTRuctions
- 1 lb of spaghetti noodles
- 1 cup of carrots in a can
- 1 cup of whole kernel corn
- 1 lettuce leaf
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup of English peas
- 1/2 red bell pepper
- 2 chives
- 1 black olive, pitted, medium-sized
- All-Purpose seasoning (or any seasoning of your choice)
- 1 tablespoon dill pickle juice (optional)
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 30 mins
- Bring 5 quarts of water to a rolling boil. Add 2 tablespoons of salt and 1 tablespoon of dill pickle juice for flavor. Stir water briefly and then cook pasta for approximately 10 minutes.
- Tip: You must stir your pasta noodles within the first 2 minutes of cooking in order to keep them from sticking.
- While the pasta is cooking, prepare the remaining ingredients.
- Dice the red bell peppers and set aside.
- Reserve 2 carrots and dice the remaining pieces. Set aside.
- Slice the two reserved carrots into halves and set aside. These will form the bodies of the 2 butterflies.
- Cut the two chives into halves and set aside.
- After pasta has finished cooking, drain and add butter. Use the heat from the pasta to melt the butter. Salt to taste and toss well together.
- Reserve 3 strands of pasta noodles and place the remaining pile of noodles on the bottom part of your serving plate.
- Place the lettuce piece on the right side of the noodle pile. This will form the grass.
- Cut one of the reserved noodle strands into halves and tuck the 2 pieces into the right side of the pasta pile. Make sure they're on top of the lettuce. These will form the 2 flower stems.
- Arrange one small dice of carrot on top of the 2 noodle strands. Surround the carrot dices with five kernels of corn. This will complete your two beautiful flowers.
- Take 6 English peas and place them side by side at the top middle portion of the serving plate, forming two rows of 3 peas each. This forms the first half the dragonfly's body.
- Next, arrange 5 peas one after another to form the second half of the dragonfly's body. Place the black olive at the left side of the completed dragonfly's body. This forms the dragonfly's head. Arrange two corn kernels to the left of the black olive. This forms the dragonfly's eyes.
- Arrange the carrot halves into butterfly bodies at the top of the serving plate. Place one corn kernel on top of the center of the carrot slices. Arrange the two chive halves at each side of corn kernel. This will complete your butterflies.
- Sprinkle a generous amount of seasoning into the pile of spaghetti noodles. Add in the remaining diced carrots and red bell peppers.
- Serve and enjoy!