I got a very large pot as a wedding gift from my wonderful Uncle Mike and Aunt Deb. It can with a steamer basket you can put in the top. Now a steamer is basically just a colander that can withstand heat. So, in interest of saving dishes, I dumped my snapped beans and broccoli florets into the steamer to rinse. I prepared the spaghetti in the large pot. With about 6 minutes left on the pasta, I placed the steamer basket right on top of the cooking pasta and covered with the lid. I normally cook my pasta uncovered, but you need the steam to stay in for the veggies, naturally, and it does not bother the pasta one bit. I gave all the veggies the same amount of time, but in the future I will hold the broccoli out another 1-2 minutes because I like it more crispy and less mushy. And that's all there is to it!
|Rachel wanted in on the veggie action!|
|Snapping the ends|
|My awesome pot on the right: pasta in the bottom, veggies on top|