Friday, July 18, 2014

Garden Veggie Pasta

I'm a total pasta junkie. No lie- I eat pasta  3 or 4 (maybe 5 or 6) times a week. I love carbs- what can I say? If you need to carb load- call me. 
And thankfully my sister has a very green thumb so I get a lot of garden fresh vegetables to toss with my carb heavy diet. And summer vegetables tossed with pasta is THE BEST! 
The simplicity of taking whatever you have in your garden and combining it with an herb and a little Parmesan and pasta water is what makes this meal. There's no stress- you don't need to measure anything. Just chop up some vegetables- whatever is lying around- and sauté it with some garlic, onion if you have it and take a ladle filled with the starchy pasta water- and you've got a meal!! Easy. I finish mine with Parmesan and I usually throw in some basil, italian parsley or even mint- and it's done. It takes 15 minutes. 5 mins to rough chop. 8 mins to sauté and 11 minutes for pasta to boil. It couldn't be more simple! 
I took garlic, red onion, zucchini, tomatoes, and basil and tossed with the pasta water. I added the al dente cooked pasta into the pan to finish cooking the pasta in the "sauce" and sprinkled on some (ok, a lot- what? I'm also a cheese junkie) Parmesan. And let me tell you- it was marvelous. 

AND better yet- the kids loved it the next day!! Yay! 

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