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Pasta party platter for any occasion

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Dig into Italian flavors with a delicious pasta party platter.

House guests and family members will enjoy the savory flavors of red onions, garlic, diced Roma tomatoes, stir fried to perfection with peppers and Rotini pasta noodles smothered in a homemade vinaigrette wine sauce.

Ingredients:
2 cups of whole wheat Rotini pasta (cooked)
1/2 cup of freshly shredded Gouda cheese
1/4 cup of freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup of red bell peppers (cut in thin mini strips)
1/2 cup of green bell peppers (diced)
2 gloves of garlic (minced)
1/2 cup of diced red onions
3/4 cup of diced red Roma tomatoes
5 large red tomatoes
1 teaspoon of orange zest
1/4 cup of minced parsley
1 bay leaf (minced or ground)
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 tablespoon of ground oregano
1 teaspoon of Kosher salt
1 tablespoon of raw organic sugar or Stevia
1 teaspoon of black pepper
1 teaspoon of garlic pepper
1 teaspoon of lemon pepper
1/4 cup of sunflower oil
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup of white wine
1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar

Directions:
1. Rinse cooked pasta with cool running water; drain and set to the side.
2. Preheat a large frying pan on medium heat.
3. Mix sunflower and olive oil together in a small bowl; mix in minced garlic and salt.
4. Pour at least half of the oil into the frying pan; stir in peppers, onions, Roma tomatoes, and orange zest.
5. Stir fry ingredients for approximately two minutes and add, salt, pepper seasonings, and garlic powder.
6. Remove frying pan off heat surface and set to the side.
7. To create the sauce: use a blender and puree large tomatoes; blend in white wine, balsamic vinegar, olive oil contents, raw sugar or stevia sweetener, and oregano.
8. Place frying pan on medium heat and stir in pasta noodles.
9. Stir in the homemade sauce and mix until all ingredients are incorporated.
10. Stir in Parmesan cheese.
11. Garnish party platter with Gouda cheese, sprinkle parsley flakes and minced bay leaves on top.

Additional Tips:
Feel free to stir in any of your favorite proteins like: Shrimp, ground beef, vegetarian meat proteins, kidney beans or turkey sausage. The intent is to keep the ingredients healthy and diet friendly.

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