A Healthier Road: Penne with Veggies amp Pine Nuts

4 years ago

I am sharing this recipe because it so good! and its vegan!

Serves 4

2 pints cherry tomatoes
2 ears corn, shucked and kernels cut off
2 large zucchini or summer squash, sliced in half lengthwise and then chopped into 1/2 inch thick slices
1 large red onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided into 3 tbsp and 1 tbsp
8 ounces penne or farfalle pasta
1/3 cup torn basil leaves
1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves
Coarse salt and black pepper to taste
1/4 cup pine nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Set a pot of boiled water on the stove to boil.
Toss vegetables and garlic with olive oil and season well with salt and pepper. Keep the corn separate, however. Divide all vegetables save corn onto baking sheets and start roasting them for 35-40 minutes, or until theyre vegetables are becoming sweet, golden, and slightly caramelized (to get this effect, youll want to avoid tossing them around too much as they cook). Fifteen minutes before the end of the roasting process, add the corn, which cooks a little faster than the other vegetables!
If youre using the pine nuts, now is the time to toast them gently in a large frying pan set over medium heat. Stir them continually, and remove them as soon as theyre becoming golden.
Cook pasta till tender but slightly al dente. Drain and return to pot, reserving a small amount of the cooking liquid.
Add the roast vegetables, along with remaining 1 tbsp olive oil and a tiny bit of the cooking liquid, to the pasta. Toss in the basil and oregano, and serve, topped with toasted pine nuts if desired.
Note: most fresh pastas do contain egg or milk. So use any of the popular dry brands, like Barilla or De Cecco. Whole wheat pasta if youre feeling crunchy. And if you happen to be making dinner for a vegan with a gluten allergy (or anyone with a gluten allergy), dont freak out. You can use brown rice or quinoa pasta in place of the regular pasta. Theyre both a fantastic option for gluten free diners, and in my opinion, much tastier and more authentic than whole wheat pasta!

Source link: http://food52.com/recipes/18440_penne_with_sweet_summer_vegetables_pine_nuts_and_herbs

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