Thursday, April 9, 2015

Easy Pasta Primavera Recipe

My gallbladder is angry at me.  I don't know what I ever did to insult him, but he doesn't seem to want to stick around anymore.  He's built up his own rock collection and he wants to leave my body.  But I've got him under control for now, and he's not leaving unless I say he can go.  So until that day comes, I'm trying to take care of myself and eat foods that are lower in fat so as not to upset him.  This is no easy task for me, as I'm not really a fan of healthy foods.  Don't get me wrong, I know it's important to eat healthy.  I just know that the bad stuff always tastes so much better!  Anyway, here's a simple recipe I found for those who are slowly trying to transition into a healthier lifestyle or for anyone who needs a quick, healthy meal that tastes good, too.  It's also a great meal to make for company.


You Will Need:

12 oz. bow tie pasta (you can use whole wheat pasta or regular)
2 tsp. chopped garlic
1 (10oz.) bag frozen Italian style vegetables (can substitute with fresh veggies)
1 1/3 cups chicken broth (low sodium, low fat versions are fine, too)
3 Tbsp chopped, fresh basil
1/2 cup grated or shredded parmesan cheese (can use low fat)
2 Tbsp olive oil for cooking

Step 1.  Cook pasta until al dente.  Drain.

Step 2.  In a large skillet pan, saute garlic in olive oil for roughly 30 seconds.  Add vegetables and broth.  Reduce heat and cook for 8 minutes or until vegetables are heated through and crisp/tender (if using fresh veggies, saute until tender).


Step 3.  Remove from heat and transfer to a large bowl.  Stir in pasta, 2 Tbsp basil (I used less basil because I don't like the basil taste to overpower the dish) and 1/4 cup parmesan cheese.  Stir/toss carefully.  Sprinkle with 1 Tbsp basil, 1/4 cup parmesan and salt and pepper to taste (I actually didn't add salt or pepper since I used a vegetable based chicken broth) and serve. 

For a twist you can also add pieces of chopped up low fat, low sodium ham or grilled chicken.


Serves 4.  Roughly 470 calories per serving, 70g carbs, 20g protein, 12g fat, 10mg cholesterol, 700mg sodium, 5g fiber

Recipe adapted from parade.com

2 comments:

  1. This looks delicious and super easy to make! With moving and a busy week this week, this would be a perfect meal to cook under 30 minutes *and healthy too*! Thank you for sharing @#OMHGWW! Looking forward to seeing you next week!
    Christine @CherishingaSweetLife

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    1. Good luck on the move, Christine! Thanks for visiting! I hope you like the meal.

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