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Veggie Pasta aka Pasta Primavera

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I was watching reruns of Pioneer Woman the other night (exciting night, I know) and on one of the episodes she made a pasta primavera that inspired me to come up with my own version of the dish. I used a lot of the same vegetables she used in her recipe as well as her cooking method. I cooked the vegetables in batches for a short amount of time, just like she recommends. She’s right, if you cook the vegetables too long they get mushy because they continue to cook when you add them back into the sauce. So the veggie part of the dish is very similar to her recipe but the sauce in my version is entirely different. Mostly because I didn’t want to go out and buy heavy cream and half and half, which are two important players in her version of this classic pasta dish. I think my version, although it does call for cream cheese, is probably a tad bit healthier as well.

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This is a pasta you can, or at least I can, feel good about eating because there is so much nutrition packed into the dish, especially if you use whole grain or whole wheat pasta like I did. It’s also packed full of veggies like carrots, squash, broccoli, and mushrooms. So even though the sauce is a bit decadent the dish is actually pretty good for you. The ratio of pastas to veggies is pretty equal. It’s also so tasty and very colorful. Just looking at the pasta with all those beautiful, vibrant vegetables is enough to cheer me up. Another bonus of making pasta primavera is it’s a great way to use up veggies in the fridge. Continue reading

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Vegetarian pasta with grated zucchini and mushrooms

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This may be the best pasta dish I’ve ever made. You won’t miss the meat at all, I promise. The pasta is full of flavor with beefy baby portabello mushrooms, grated zucchini, and freshly grated pecorino romano or parmesan cheese. Seriously, I could have eaten the whole thing in one sitting. I ate about half…Self control.

Anyway, make this pasta. It’s delicious. Continue reading

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Sometimes you need a little help from the store…

Obviously, scratch-made food is always better than store-bought, processed food. Anything home made usually tastes better and is probably better for you. In a perfect world, I would grow my own vegetables, bake my own bread, and make everything from scratch. Actually, I’m not sure if I really would, but the fact is that that’s not a realistic lifestyle for me anyway. Working full time, living in an apartment, and a busy schedule don’t always allow me to cook from scratch. Sometimes, you need a little help from the grocery store, which is why I decided to try Kraft Philly Cooking Creme (no judgement please)! Continue reading

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