I just got back from Texas and was in need of a serious veggie detox after eating BBQ, slaw, BBQ, and a side of BBQ. However, JUST veggies seemed a little too extreme! Additionally, I'm cooking only for one, so a whole box of pasta is another version of extreme.
Adapted from Martha Stewart's One-Pan Pasta recipe, this meal is packed with flavor AND veggies. If pasta can be healthy, this is definitely it! I halved the original recipe, swapped out linguine for penne, used sun dried tomatoes instead of fresh, and threw whatever veggies I had wilting in the fridge into the pot! This is a perfect pantry and fridge clean-out meal. —Laura Korslund
Chopped sun-dried tomatoes, with oil
Red pepper flakes
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Kosher salt, to taste
Fridge Clean Out
Red or yellow onion, thinly sliced
Cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
Sliced red bell pepper
Sliced mushrooms, any kind
Bunch of asparagus, chopped
Fresh baby spinach
2 2/3 cups
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving
Fresh basil, julienned
In This Recipe
Heat olive oil in a heavy, large, straight sided skillet (preferably with a lid). Add the sliced onions, mushrooms, and red pepper and saute for about 8 minutes, while you chop the other ingredients.
Combine the penne, sun-dried tomatoes and a spoonful of oil from the jar, garlic, red-pepper flakes, half of the basil, 2 teaspoons salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and water in a large straight-sided skillet (the penne should lay flat).
Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil mixture, stirring and turning pasta frequently with tongs or a spatula, until pasta is al dente and water has nearly evaporated, about 11 minutes. Add more water if the mixture seems too dry (may be dependent on how much water your veggies sweat out during the process).
Add the asparagus in the last 2 minutes of boiling, so the asparagus retains some crunch and doesn't get too squishy.
Add baby spinach in the last 1 minute of boiling and mix in.
Season to taste with salt and pepper, put your portion in a bowl(s), and garnish with basil. Serve with freshly grated Parmesan. Eat the rest for leftovers, either at room temp or warmed up!