Recipe: Easy Veggie Pasta
week I introduced my latest pasta passion--Barilla's Minature Piccolini veggie
pastas! I also shared
one of my own creations using the Mini Pipe Pasta. This week, I have a new
recipe using different vegetables and a different sauce. These pasta dishes are
a great way to incorporate vegetables into your picky eater's diet!
- ½ box of Mini Farfalle (AKA bow
- Chicken broth
- Olive oil
- Light alfredo sauce (Classico
makes a delicious one with only a portion of the calories)
- Sun-dried tomatoes
- Garlic powder
- Parmesan cheese
- Follow directions on the pasta
box and boil the mini farfalle pasta.
- In a separate large sauté pan (I
like to use a wok), warm the broccoli in a ½ cup to a cup of chicken broth
(using broth instead of water gives a little more flavor).
- Add in the sun-dried tomatoes
and 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Let simmer until both are soft.
- Add in boiled pasta and stir
together (do not add in pasta until veggies are soft enough to eat).
- Sprinkle a dash of garlic powder
and a ½ cup of shaved parmesan and mix.
- Pour in a jar of light alfredo sauce.
Let everything blend together and warm on low for about 5-10 minutes.
- Serve with chicken and warm rolls
for a complete and tasty fall meal!
Substitutions and Suggestions
- The sun-dried tomatoes can be
substituted with diced tomatoes (either fresh or jarred- whichever you
have handy or have time to prepare!).
- If you have a very picky eater
on your hands who would never in a million years eat broccoli, try
chopping it very fine (maybe even place in a food processor) so that it
blends more with the pasta and sauce.
- Feel free to try other
vegetables as well. The farfalle bow ties are made of carrot and tomato,
so really any veggies that you think would go well with them should work
- If your child tends to avoid and
reject meat and poultry, add some shredded chicken into to the dish, so
that like the broccoli, it simply blends in. The goal here is to introduce
new flavors and textures, exposing your child to a nice variety of foods