I have always been interested in cooking and eating healthy, but my interest has significantly increased since I had my children. I not only want to serve them the best possible foods, I also want to serve them homemade food and take the time to enjoy dinners together where we can reflect upon our busy lives and enjoy delicious food. One of the girls favorites is pasta, but we can all get sick of the standard pasta with red sauce or pasta with cheese. To mix things up a bit, I have been serving pasta with a plethora of veggies in a simple pesto sauce. The girls eat it up and it is something we all can enjoy for a few days afterwards.
To prepare this meal, I have been using the new Anolon Advanced Bronze 3-Piece Pasta Set, which includes the pot itself, a 7-Quart Covered Stockpot and Stainless Steel Pasta Insert. To prepare this meal, I boiled water in the pot and while it was cooking I chopped up all of the veggies (a medley of peppers, kale, broccoli, carrots, squash, etc) as well as made the pesto (see recipe below). After the pasta was done, I strained it and then coated the bottom of the pot with some olive oil and added the vegetables along with some garlic. I then added the pesto as the pasta and vegetables cooked together.
The beauty of any dish is the tools that are used to create it. With this pot, I was able to capture the rich flavor of the pesto. I also loved how simple it is to use and how it allows you to prep, boil, strain, and serve up gourmet meals within one pot. Additional features of the pot includes a lifetime warranty, an ergonomic SureGrip® handle with a stainless steel and silicone, a hard-anodized construction for even heat distribution, a glass lid to monitor your food, and a sleek and modern look that looks great in any kitchen. It is also oven safe up to 400 degrees and offers easy clean-up thanks to its nonstick surface.
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Vegetable Packed Pasta
1 box of pasta of your choice (I usually use a whole-grain one)
3 cloves garlic, chopped
4-5 long carrots, cut up
1 zucchini and/or squash, cut up
1 red, yellow or orange pepper, cut up
1 pint of grape tomatoes, halved
1 bunch of kale, thick stems removed and leaves torn into bite-size pieces
3-4 sprigs of fresh basil, cut up (can be dry)
3-4 sprigs of sage, cut up (can be dry)
1/2 cup fresh pesto (see recipe here)
drizzle of olive oil
salt and pepper
parmesan cheese, optional
Cook pasta as directed on the box. While the pasta is cooking, start preparing the vegetable medley. Cut up the vegetables (carrots, peppers, squash, kale, zucchini, etc) fresh herbs and make the pesto. When the pasta is done, drain it and add the veggie mixture to the pot and let cook together for about 10-15 minutes. Add in the parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and serve!
1 cup of walnuts, crushed
1 cup silvered almonds, crushed
Bunch fresh basil (approximately a handful)
5-6 cloves of garlic, minced
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Pinch of salt
Pinch of pepper
Mash the nuts with a rolling pin and then grind them in a immersion blender. Chop up the basil (very fine) and add in the olive oil, basil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Blend until the mash is semi-liquefied. Set aside.
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