This is the perfect food to get your kids to eat their veggies. Tricolor pasta, red bell pepper, broccoli and peas all wrapped in a garlic and butter parmasen sauce. The garlic toasts crisp up in seconds under the broiler and perfect for sopping up the buttery cheesy-ness.
|all the veggies in the pot boiling for the last 3 minutes with the tricolor fusili|
This dish is heaven! Perfect for lunch. Perfect for dinner. Perfect anytime.
Adapted from the Food Network
Total time to make: 25 minutes| Serves: 4
12 ounces tricolor fusilli
4 cups broccoli florets
3 carrots, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1 cup frozen peas
4 tbsp. cold unsalted butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup chicken broth
Freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup grated parmesan, plus more for topping
2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley or basil
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook as the label directs, adding the broccoli, carrots, bell pepper and peas during the last 3 minutes of cooking. Reserve 1 cup cooking water, then drain the pasta and vegetables and return to the pot.
Meanwhile, make the sauce: Heat 2 tbsp. butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until it begins to soften, about 1 minute. Add the broth, 1/2 tsp. salt, and pepper to taste: bring to simmer adn cook until slightly reduced, about 3 minutes. Whisk in the remaining 2 tbsp. butter until melted and the sauce is thickened, about 1 more minute.
Pour the sauce over the pasta and vegetables and add the cheese, and parsley. Cook over low heat, stirring, until the cheese melts, aout 1 minute ,adding enough of the reserved pasta water to loosen the sauce. Season with salt and pepper and top with more cheese.
Heat your oven to broil and placing the oven rack up to the top.
Italian Artisan loaf cut into 1/2 thick slices. Place your slices on a baking sheet, spread with butter, sprinkle with granulated garlic, dried basil and parsley and a dash of kosher salt and cracked black pepper.
Place under the broiler until lightly toasted. Keep an eye on it; it should only take a couple minutes.
Labels: easy lunch, kid friendly, pasta, pasta primavera, simple dinners, veggies