Friday, June 5, 2009

Pasta Primavera




I really don't think that anything beats a bowl full of satisfying pasta filled with herbs freshly picked from the garden and flavourful vegetables. To me, it's a dish that just cries out SUMMER! It's also the perfect summer recipe for me because I always seem to be on the go in the summer and don't have a lot of time to prepare big meals. This is an easy recipe that I created for pasta primavera that is short on time but big on flavour! This time I prepared it with a bought stuffed pasta (Presidents Choice Campania Tomato Mozzarella and Basil) which tasted wonderful together, but this recipe works just as well with regular penne, rotini/fusilli, or even your favourite ribbon pasta! You can also play around with different vegetables. The vegetables I used today just happen to be what I had in my fridge, but basically anything works! If you are looking for vegetables to add to this dish in the grocery store, look for different coloured vegetables to make this dish really pop!
Note: Adjust amounts of ingredients depending on how much pasta you are using
Tip: To make this dish even more healthy, use whole wheat pasta.

Ingredients:
1/4 cup equal parts fresh basil, parsley, rosemary, and chives, chopped
asparagus, chopped
grape tomatoes, halved
red peppers, julienned
carrots, chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup tomato sauce
freshly ground pepper
freshly ground parmesan cheese
1 tsp crushed garlic

Directions:
1. Cook pasta till it is al dente.

2. While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil and garlic on medium heat in a medium skillet. Be careful not to burn the garlic or it will develop a bitter taste.

3. Add all vegetables except grape tomatoes to oil and sautee, stirring regularly.

4. Add fresh herbs and tomato sauce to vegetables. Toss with cooked pasta and season with pepper. Finish with freshly ground parmesan cheese and grape tomatoes.

15 comments:

drollgirl said...

who needs a cookbook when i can just come to your blog?!?!? you make me happy! i am always looking for something new to do in the kitchen. thank you!

Nanny said...

Ottimo accostamento di colori e sapori ,una ricetta giusta per l'estate !

Danielle said...

Droll girl - Thank you so much! You're so sweet!! Honestly, everytime I get a comment on a recipe I get so excited and happy so thank you so much!!

Nanny - I translated your comment, and thank you as well! The colours really do look perfect for summer I think!

Kristin said...

Oh yum, between you and the Ungourmet, I have limitless ideas for meals!

Kamran Siddiqi said...

This looks great! Maybe I'll make this dish tomorrow... Thanks for sharing it with us!

the ungourmet said...

This looks so delicious! Love all the fresh herbs in there!

I really enjoyed your photos also. I like the distressed wood very much.

Thanks for the follow!

Sophie said...

A lovely summery pasta dish: healthy & delicious: easy does it for me,...

DaisyChain said...

That looks amazing.

finsmom said...

What a gorgeous looking summer pasta dish! Yum!

Danielle said...

Thanks everyone for all of your lovely comments!!

Teanna DiMicco said...

What a gorgeous summer pasta!

mădălina said...

LOVEEE your blog. ill bake if you cook!

Carol said...

yummy yummy! Perfect warm night dish!

Aartee said...

ooh this is definitely going on a list to try out...it looks delish!

Gaia said...

No lunch for me today! Just had 2 yogurt...ah Those pics...I'm starving...