May. 1st, 2014

novapsyche: roasted asparagus, artfully arranged (asparagusroasted)
Well, it's the season of pasta primavera. Also, I discovered some whole-wheat rotini at a reasonable price. So I decided to give this dish another whirl.

At least one of the online recipes suggested using cream sauce instead of olive oil plus Parmesan. I usually keep Buitoni alfredo sauce in my fridge, so I decided to do just that. However, instead of boiling most of the veggies, I sauteed them instead.

So I cooked the rotini according to box instructions (I probably could have salted the water more than I did). Five minutes before the pasta was ready to drain, I added about 1 cup chopped broccoli (pieces about 1/2" long); two minutes before draining I added maybe 2/3 cup frozen peas.

In the meanwhile, I sauteed about a cup of red & orange bell pepper in olive oil for about two minutes (making sure to season them with salt & pepper). I added minced garlic, stirring for 30-60 seconds or so, then added about 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms as well as about 1/4 tsp of crushed red pepper. I stirred all of these for about three minutes, then added a mixture of Roma & grape tomatoes. I cooked these for about a minute more.

Seeing that the pasta was done, I drained the pasta/broccoli/pea mix, then added the alfredo sauce cold. On top, I included the veggie mix. Last, I tore several fresh basil leaves by hand & incorporated them into the dish.

This was pretty tasty, all on its own. This was my lunch. Then, for near-dinner (as I have to leave for class pretty soon), I decided to warm more up but also include shavings of Parmesan as well as diced green onion. This by far improved the dish. It was to the point that I could hardly believe that I was the cook who had fashioned this.

This dish seems the best to sneak in some whole-wheat pasta. The veggies really push that bland flavor into the background. The broccoli was the star.

To recap the ingredients: rotini, broccoli, peas, olive oil, sweet bell pepper, garlic, mushrooms, crushed red pepper, tomatoes, alfredo sauce, fresh basil, green onion, Parmesan cheese.


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