Today’s dinner feature is Giada’s Pasta Primavera. If you would like to go meatless tonight, this recipe is a fabulous mix of baked vegetables with pasta that’s lightly seasoned with Italian herbs and Parmesan cheese. I suggest you pair this dish with a delicious Pinot Grigio, and if you live in the New Hampshire area, I can recommend LaBelle Winery’s Seyval Blanc. This wine has a wonderful blend of floral, fruity and citrus notes and it’s absolutely delicious. Healthy and joyous eating!
Giada’s Pasta Primavera (Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis)
- 3 carrots, peeled and cut into thin strips
- 2 medium zucchini or 1 large zucchini, cut into thin strips
- 2 yellow squash, cut into thin strips
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into thin strips
- 1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
- ¼ cup olive oil
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon dried Italian herbs or herbes de Provence
- 1 pound farfalle (bowtie pasta), gluten-free variety if needed
- 15 cherry tomatoes, halved
- ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
On a large heavy baking sheet, toss all of the vegetables with the oil, salt, pepper, and dried herbs to coat. Transfer half of the vegetable mixture to another heavy large baking sheet and arrange evenly over the baking sheets. Bake until the carrots are tender and the vegetables begin to brown, stirring after the first 10 minutes, about 20 minutes total.
Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente, tender but still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.
Toss the pasta with the vegetable mixtures in a large bowl to combine. Toss with the cherry tomatoes and enough reserved cooking liquid to moisten. Season the pasta with salt and pepper, to taste. Sprinkle with the Parmesan and serve immediately. Serving yield = six servings.