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Springtime Pasta

April 19, 2011

Everyone has a version of this dish. In our house, it changes by the week, but it is the perfect weeknight meal. Alex actually gets super excited when I tell him it is a veggie and pasta night. To save time,  I chop the veggies while Serafina plays, then cook them while putting Serafina to bed.  Then, I boil the water when I come downstairs and we serve by the time How I Met Your Mother comes on the TV.

This is easy, tasty and healthy. A perfect meal for the family.  I prefer the pasta and veggies to be al dente. Crunchy nutrients are perfect. Vegan? Try sunflower seeds or breadcrumbs instead of Pecroino.

Springtime Pasta

  • 1/2 lb of rotini
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 cup of sliced grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup vidalia onion, diced
  • 2 tb olive oil
  • juice from half a lemon
  • 2 tb dried basil
  • 2 pinches of sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 2 tb Pecorino Romano (or breadcrumbs or sunflower seeds if you are vegan)

1. Pre-heat oven 400

2. In a bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, basil, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Stir together. Mix into a baking dish of the veggies. Bake for 30 minutes

3. Meanwhile, boil water. Cook the rotini for the minutes allotted on the box. Drain

4. Combine the veggies and pasta, add olive oil to taste. Plate and sprinkle cheese.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 20, 2011 10:06 pm

    I’m making this for dinner tomorrow night. Robb doesn’t know yet. So many scary vegetables…what will he do??? 🙂

    • April 21, 2011 6:36 pm

      While he diligently picked out every piece of zucchini from his plate, Robb ate this and liked it. SCORE!!! I made mine with zucchini, cherry tomatoes, and red bell pepper. Next time I will replace the zucchini with fresh green beans. He will eat beans. Thanks for a fast and tasty recipe! 🙂

      • April 21, 2011 9:05 pm

        haha. anytime. we need to get Robb a zucchini recipe he will eat. seriously, they are delicious. does he prefer his veggies crunchy? because undercooked zucchini is amazing. i am on a mission to get him to like veggies.


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