Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Pasta Primavera

Sorry for not posting in almost a week but with between spring break last week and Easter, things have been a bit hectic. School started again yesterday so now we are back to having some kind of a routine at least. The temperature hit 91 degrees here today and I am loving it!!! We are going to the beach for the weekend and I am hoping so badly that this weather continues but they are saying it will be cooling down a bit by Thursday. Oh well, I will take whatever weather is on the way as long as it is not snow!!!! After this crazy winter here I am sooo done with snow!

I made this dish last week and it was delicious! The only thing I omitted were the green beans since my son prefers the canned ones (crazy). I just upped the amount of asparagus that I used. I also added some turkey sausage which was perfect in this dish and really increased the flavor. We all enjoyed this dish and it was terrific as leftoevers for the next day. I will be making this again! I found the recipe in the latest issue of Family Circle.

1/2 lb asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces

1/2 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces

2 sweet orange peppers, cored, seeded and cut into 1/4 inch strips

1 pound thin spaghetti

3/4 cup half and half

3/4 cup chicken broth

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 tablespoons olive oil

5 cloves garlic, sliced

2 cups grape tomatoes, halved

1/3 cup grated Parmesan

3/4 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped

Shaved Parmesan, optional

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add asparagus and green beans; cook 4 minutes. Add peppers and cook 1 more minutes. Scoop out vegetables with a large slotted spoon and place in a colander. Rinse under cold water.

Add pasta to boiling water and cook following package directions, about 9 minutes. Drain; return to pot.

While pasta is cooking, place half and half, chicken broth, salt, pepper and nutmeg in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add olive oil and garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add cooked veggies and tomatoes. Cook, stirring a few times, about 1 minute, 30 seconds. Spoon into pasta pot. Stir grated cheese into the half and half mixture. Add to pasta and gently stir in parlsey until all ingredients are combined. Allow to stand for 5 minutes. Shave Parmesan on top, if desired.


Bridgett said...

Hope you had a wonderful Easter. This is one of my family's favorite pasta dishes. I love the colors and the fresh flavors and yours has me craving some soon!

Kathleen said...

I love this pasta dish! I always feel so healthy when I eat it!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

This is a healthy pasta!

Chef Aimee said...

There is nothing better than pasta primavera in the spring! :) Thanks for sharing!

Ingrid said...

Hope you had a happy and delcious Easter, Debbie!

Coleen's Recipes said...

This looks SO good, what a great photo.

Cassie said...

Looks delicious! I'm with your son, I prefer canned green beans too. I know, what's wrong with me?! ;) Have fun at the beach this weekend!

Pam said...

What a delicious pasta dish - love the veggies you used.

Diana's Cocina said...

Sounds wonderful!

Lynda said...

I love pasta dishes like this, just full of veggies! Gorgeous photo too.

A Year on the Grill said...

Debbie, this is such a beautiful recipe. Wonderful photo, but the finished should be fabulous tasting.

I just made a pasta dish yesterday, will be posting mine soon, but wish i would have seen all those wonderful tomatoes before I set my recipe in stone

Love this

teresa said...

this looks lovely! i love all the colors!

Lara said...

I'm with you on the weather woes, although I'm not quite so pleased with the 90 degree days in early April. I'm ready for real spring weather to return. This pasta looks perfect for a hot day. Yum!

Mags said...

Looks like a great "go to" recipe!

We're warming up here too. No shorts here yet, but I did dig out my capris this weekend.

Cinnamon-Girl said...

It was 90 here today too! This pasta looks great - loaded with Spring goodies! Have fun at the beach!

The Blonde Duck said...

I've really gotten into pasta lately. Yum!

Joanne said...

No apologies! Family and fun is way more important. This dish looks delicious. Love how colorful and aesthetically pleasing it is!

Katy ~ said...

Debbie, this looks so doggone good to me. I just want to put on a bib and slurp it all in. Heavens, I am CRAVING this.