Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Mediterranean Pasta with Roasted Vegetables

Mediterranean Pasta with Roasted Vegetables

Servings: 10

Picture by Amanda Coffin-Farr
(She was my test cook on this and used Rotini Pasta)

12 ounces whole wheat pasta, penne, prepared as directed
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil, more or less as needed
1 large Red Bell pepper, julienned
1 large Yellow Bell pepper, julienned
1 pound Asparagus, cut in 2-inch pieces red onion, Thinly sliced from root to stem
1 medium zucchini, julienned
1 whole yellow bell pepper, julienned
8 ounces baby Bellas, diced
1 can cannelini beans, canned and drained
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, oil-packed, rough chop
2 garlic, minced Sea Salt , to taste Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/4 cup chardonnay
2 lemon, whole, zested and juiced
4 leaves basil, fresh, chiffonade, garnish
1/8 cup Parmesan cheese, or as needed, may use Vegan alternative


1. Prepare vegetables for marinade in oil. Reserving mushrooms, beans, onion and tomatos.

2. Prepare marinade by mixing oil, wine, 1 1/2 tsp of tuscan seasoning mix, 1 clove of garlic, juice and zest of one lemon, sea salt, and pepper.

3. Mix vegetables and oil/wine mixture and dust with Parmesan Cheese or Vegan Alternative. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

4. Prepare pasta, cooking to al dente.

5. While pasta is cooking place marinated vegetables in oven to roast on a sheet pan in a single layer and lightly saute the mushrooms, beans, onion and tomatos with the remaining garlic clove in 2 tbs of olive oil. Season with salt, pepper, and tuscan seasoning mix to taste.

Sauteed Vegetables
Oven Roasted Vegetables
Pictures by Amanda Coffin-Farr

6. Drain pasta and reserve a 1/2 cup of the liquid.

7. Lightly toss the vegetables into the pasta, drizzling the remaining olive oil and water to get the consistancy you want.

8. Garnish by sqeezing the juice of the final lemon and zest onto the pasta in a large bowl. Dust with 1/2 tsp of tuscan seasoning mix, sea salt and black pepper to taste, and parmesan cheese or Vegan alternative.

9. Just before service, sprinkle the chiffonade of fresh basil on top of dish.

Suggestion: Toss a handful of sliced Black or Green Olives on top of the finished dish before service.

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