You can make this two different ways. You can leave it just as is, with the pasta, veggies and olive oil. Or you can add a light cream sauce as I did. By light, i don't mean calorie or fat free... i add only about 1/2 cup of this sauce so it's more of just a coating/flavoring and not an actual sauce.
This time I made it I only used zucchini and carrots since I had them on hand and this was a last minute meal plan. At the end I also added left over steamed broccoli that we had for dinner the night before. When I usually make this I like to make it with zucchini, yellow squash, carrots, asparagus and bell pepper (orange or yellow). I'm sure mushrooms or artichoke hearts would work great too. Get creative and add any of your favorites! Also, sometimes I add left over rotisserie chicken shredded up. Add this at end and just cook on low a few mins till warm.
*2 T olive oil
*1 tsp minced garlic
*2-3 cups chopped veggies
*1 box pasta (penne, bow tie, cork screw... (I love Ronzoni Smart Taste Penne)
*ground black pepper and salt to taste
*1 T butter
*1 T flour
*1/2 cup milk (2% or whole works best)
*1/2 cup mozz or parm cheese for topping
1. saute garlic in olive oil. Add veggies and continue to saute over medium heat until they are fork tender. You don't want them too cooked and soggy. Add your seasonings.
2. While veggies are sauteing, boil your noodles till they are al dente. Drain and return to pan and remove from heat.
3. If you are doing no sauce, at this time add the veggies to the noodles and stir together. You can add a touch more olive oil if you like. Top with some cheese table side.
4. If you would like to do the sauce, I start it when the veggies and noodles have about 5 mins left to cook. All I do is melt the butter in a pan. Once melted, add the flour and whisk together well. Once mixed and smooth, add the milk slowly. Keep stirring. Cook on low for 2-3 mins. Add this to pan that the noodles and veggies are in. Stir well and, again, add cheese table side.
|saute garlic in olive oil|
|here I added the 'light' sauce|
|served with cheesy rolls (see recipe under sides) and talapia.|