Friday, May 27, 2011

Pasta Primavera

Pasta Primavera

  • 2 medium Carrots, cut into 2" pieces
  • 1 cup Broccoli florets
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into 2" pieces
  • 1 Yellow Bell Peppercut into 2" pieces
  • 1 Red Bell Peppercut into 2" pieces
  • 1 Orange Bell Peppercut into 2" pieces
  • 1 cup New Potatoes, cut in halves
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 TBSp your favorite herb mix- (*I used Lemon-Rosemary)
  • 1 Lemon, zest & juice
  • 1 lb. your favorite Pasta- (*I used Angel hair spaghetti, broken into pieces)
  • Parmesan Cheese, Freshly grated 

*All of the vegetables must be fresh!
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Mix all of the veg in a large bowl & add the herbs & lemon zest. Sprinkle some olive oil onto the mixture, enough to lightly coat the veg. Toss all of the contents together well. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet in one layer & roast for 10 minutes... Take out of the oven & mix the veg around, then place the pan back into the oven for another 15 minutes.

While the vegetables are roasting, cook the pasta according to package directions, reserving a cup of the pasta water. 

When both the pasta is cooked & the veg is roasted, combine everything in a large bowl.  Add the lemon juice & as much of the reserved pasta water to make the pasta a little teeny tiny bit saucy. Serve hot, warm, at room temperature, or cold topped with parmesan cheese.

Here's my letter of endearment to this recipe high-lighting all of the wonderful things about it:

Dear Pasta Primavera,
-You are so tasty & good for me & my family... healthy & nutritious.
-You allow me to use all of the extra vegetables I tend to buy before they, well, rot.
-You are so versatile, I can use summer squash or green bell pepper or brussels sprouts, cauliflower, parsnips, radishes, onions, garlic cloves... I can use any Herb combo, whatever I feel like... any type of pasta shape I want... no confines!
- And speaking of, I can eat you hot, warm, or cold... You are welcome at my BBQ. 
I <3 you, Pasta Primavera! 
- DeLish

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