Friday, January 1, 2010

Meatless Fridays

This week's meatless meal is easy and affordable. It's a great way to use up leftover veggies from the week. Make up a batch of Artisan bread (with a little roasted garlic added!) and you've got a quick, comforting supper.
This week's Meatless Friday meal is:

Pasta Primavera

Your choice of veggies, cut up into bite size pieces.
1 tomato seeded and chopped, or a handful of cherry tomatoes cut in half
1/4 cup butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 cups half and half
1 1/2 cups cheese - Parmesan or an Italian blend
fresh basil, chopped
salt and pepper
1 lb. linguini

Start the water for the pasta and cook it to package directions. The veggies can be added to the boiling pasta water during the last few minutes of cooking time if there’s room in the pot, or you can steam them separately until they’re tender crisp.

Melt the butter in a sauce pan. Saute the garlic in the butter. Stir in the half and half. Whisk in the cheese and let it melt into the sauce over medium heat. Try to keep it from boiling. Season the sauce with salt and pepper.

Drain the pasta and veggies and put them back into the large cooking pot. Add the sauce, tomatoes and basil. Toss it all to combine. Serves about 6 people.

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