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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

reposting a favorite

i made this for my parents a few weeks ago and then for our little family again last night with a bunch of fresh veggies from my in-laws' garden. mmm.... it reminded me just how yummy it is and that i never posted a picture last time. hope you enjoy this one as much as we do!

and thanks to my husband for working some magic on the pics - they look pretty good, eh? maybe he has a future as a food photographer! :)

no-cream pasta primavera
4 servings
1 (12 ounce) package penne pasta (sometimes i use the whole 16 oz and just add a bit more sauce)
1 yellow squash, chopped
1 zucchini, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, julienned (pricey! use green pepper or leave out! - or splurge)
1-2 tomatoes, chopped
1 cup fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
5 spears asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 teaspoons lemon zest (i like it better with a little less, but use your judgement!)
1-1 1/2 tablespoons dried basil (originally called for 1/3 cup fresh, but dried is cheap!)
1-1 1/2 tablespoons dried parsley (same as above - use fresh if you want to splurge!)
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese


1. preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

2. bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. add penne pasta and cook for 10 to 12 minutes or until al dente; drain.

3. in a bowl, toss squash, zucchini, red bell pepper, tomatoes, green beans, and asparagus with 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and Italian seasoning. arrange vegetables on the baking sheet, and roast 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until tender.

4. heat butter in a large skillet. stir in the onion and garlic, and cook until tender. mix in cooked pasta, lemon zest, basil, parsley, and balsamic vinegar. gently toss and cook until heated through. remove from heat and transfer to a large bowl. toss with roasted vegetables and sprinkle with cheese to serve.

1 comment:

Amanda said...

This looks amazing! I can't wait to try it!

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