Monday, May 4, 2009

Pasta - Veggie Style

So I have been trying to cut down on the meat that we eat for two reasons... 1 - you don't really need to eat that much meat a week, and 2 - less meat is much nicer on the grocery budget!

So I used the following Veggies! Broccoli, Leeks, Red & Orange Bell Pepper, Beats

Pasta: The Curly Kind

Sauce: One can of Cream Of Asparagus (Cream of Broccoli or celery would also work nice)
3/4 can of milk
1/3 cup sour cream

Mix all in a sauce pot and heat of medium to low heat.

Cook Pasta as directed - make sure you add a nice amount of salt to the water

For the Veggie:Peel Beats - boil for about 45 minutes (depending on size could be shorter or longer time) When you can poke a knife in and out of them easily they are done. Set aside. Also, if you have them wear gloves because they will stain EVERYTHING they touch! Slice them up into bite size peices and set aside.

Broccoli - Cut into bite size peices, blanch in hot boiling water for no more then 2 minutes. If peices are really small blanch for less time. Goal, Broccoli should still have a slight crunch to it.

Bell Pepers - Slice into bite size peices and saute until a little soft

Leeks - Wash well, saute in the same pan you did the peppers in for about 2 minutes.Once the leeks are done, toss in all other veggies and reheat real quick.

When the pasta is done and the sauce is heated up mix the two together. Top with the veggies and serve. This was really very yummy and as I type this up I realize that I should be taking pictures of these meals because this one was very pretty with all of the fun colors of the veggies. So Enjoy!

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