Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Vegetable Pasta

Fresh veggies are tossed with pasta, in a light creamy sauce.

Life has been very busy lately. So busy that most nights the last thing I want to do is cook dinner. I am exhausted, unmotivated and feel like I'm treading water to stay afloat. I am anxiously counting down the days until the last day of school (9 more to go!!) and trying to think meals that don't require too much prep and too long of a cooking time. This pasta fit the bill perfectly.

I'm not a big meat eater. I'd be happy with meatless meals 80% of the time. So this veggie packed pasta was perfect for me. The kiddos liked it and Hubby avoided it like the plague since he loathes peas. I wasn't worried though, that meant more for me, which I enjoyed for lunch this weekend. It is a simple pasta, full of veggies and flavour. The cream sauce is light and flavourful.

Vegetable Pasta

10 oz of dry spaghetti pasta (about half the box)
3 Tbs olive oil
2 portobello mushrooms, ribs and stems removed and sliced
1 roasted red pepper, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic
1 C frozen peas
1/3 container of herb 'n garlic cream cheese
2 Tbs Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
1/4 tsp salt and pepper

Cook pasta according to package directions, in a large pot of salted boiling water. Once cooked reserve 1C of pasta water, before draining pasta.

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat until it begins to ripple. Add in mushrooms and onion, and cook until mushrooms begin to take on a dark golden colour. Add in roasted red pepper, garlic and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 3 minutes; until red pepper is heated through.

Add cream cheese to the pan and stir to combine; adding some of the reserved pasta water to loosen/melt the cream cheese. Add in peas and cook until heated through. Add the cooked pasta to the skillet, along with the parmesan cheese and toss to coat; adding more reserved pasta water to loosen the sauce.

Serve with additional parmesan.


Patty Anderson said...

This dish is right up my alley - herb cream cheese; love this!

Carole said...

Hi Cindy, I would love you to stop by Food on Friday: Pasta over at Carole's Chatter to add this to the recipe collection! Cheers!

Joanne T Ferguson said...

I Love the easy and simplicity of your pasta dish Cindy! YUM!

foody schmoody said...

I love a quick , go to, pasta meal like this one!

nancy@skinnykitchen.com said...

I love this Cindy. Quick and delicious!

Angela LeMoine said...

Cindy this pasta sounds wonderful! Great flavors and colors from all those veggies too! Delicious!

Michelle Nahom said...

Looks delicious, Cindy! Perfect for a meatless night and plenty filling! I love recipes like this!

Tara Noland said...

This is a gorgeous looking pasta and I like to change things up from the BBQ and back to comfort foods in the summer.