Summer Veggie Pasta Dinner
- Ready In:
- 1⁄4 cup olive oil
- 2 -3 tablespoons rough chopped garlic
- 1⁄2 cup sweet bell pepper, chopped (red, orange, yellow is good)
- 2⁄3 cup zucchini, sliced (or other summer squash)
- 1⁄4 cup sliced mushrooms
- 1⁄2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1⁄4 cup chopped green onion
- 1⁄4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
- 1⁄4 cup chopped basil
- 3 ounces mild goat cheese, crumbled (chevre)
- salt and pepper
- 8 8 ounces rigatoni pasta or 8 ounces rotini pasta
- While putting sauce together, cook pasta as directed, drain. It'll probably be ready close to when the veggies are --
- Slowly cook garlic in olive oil, low heat, about four minutes.
- Raise heat a bit, add bell peppers, cook another 3-4 minutes, then add zucchini and mushrooms.
- Prevent child from eating all the goat cheese.
- When zukes and peppers are cooked to your liking (about 4 more minutes for us), add remaining ingredients and heat through til tomatoes give up some of their juices and the cheese has melted into the sauce.
- Stir in cooked pasta and heat through. Pasta will soak up the sauce.
- Serve with extra crumbled goat cheese on top if desired.
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This is a delicious pasta dish. I find it hard to get enough vegetables in my diet but this is an excellent way to do it. There is a lot of room for creativity but the directions as stated are great. I was surprised to find that even though there was a large quantity of garlic, it was not over whelming. I am a lover of cheese though and now of goat cheese. It made this dish stand out.
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