Saturday, April 14, 2012

Easy Garlicky Veggie Pasta

When I have things in the fridge that need to get used there are always two options - soup or pasta! This week it was a nice garlic pasta with a lot of veggies.

1/2 box whole wheat penne pasta cooked according to directions
4 T butter
3 T olive oil
1 large or 2 small heads broccoli, cut into florets
2 lbs cherry tomatoes, cut in half
4-6 cloves of garlic minced
salt and pepper to taste
Any other veggies you want that would go with these... these are all I had at the moment!

Cook pasta according to directions and set aside. Meanwhile steam or microwave the broccoli to crisp tender. I microwave by putting it in a glass dish with a tiny bit of water covering the bottom. I cover with saran and zap for three minutes and drain. If you don't like microwaves, steaming works well too.

Meanwhile, heat butter and oil in a deep pot. When its hot, add garlic and stir around for about three minutes. Next add the tomatoes and stir around to heat and melt a bit for 2-3 more minutes. Finally add the broccoli. If the mixture is too dry, add a bit more butter and/or olive oil. Add about 2 t salt and some good sprinkles of pepper. Toss in the pasta to warm and coat. YUM! You must like garlic to like this dish. If you don't, substitute your other favorite seasonings.

Feeds four easily.

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