Being Italian, it is customary to enjoy pasta for dinner more than a couple of times a week…For some that may seem unvaried and repetitive, but it is all in the way you change-up your dish. The great thing about pasta is that there are literally endless variations. Incorporating veggies and trying out different types of sauces help create new, exciting and healthy dishes.
This is super easy to make:
Cut up an assortment of vegetables. This helps to give different nutrients and different colours to fill your dish. I used broccoli, carrots, red peppers, zucchini and onions.
Wash and chop vegetables. While your pasta is cooking, stir-fry chopped veggies with 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. You want to make sure you leave the veggies firm, ensuring most of the nutrients don’t get lost in the cooking process. Next, add some pesto and a few tablespoons of water. Simmer for about 10 minutes on medium heat.
- You can add tomato sauce instead if you prefer.
- This dish is amazing with some grilled chicken on the side.
- Grate your choice of hard cheese overtop.
- Use whole-grain pasta, if you want to maximize the healthiness of this dish.
Nothing beats a homemade tomato sauce.
Growing up, I would wake up to the smell of fresh tomato sauce simmering on the stove. This is why I still to this day, crave simple tomato sauce over my pasta. However, I like to incorporate different herbs, spices and other ingredients to change it up a bit.
Blending different cooked vegetable combinations, and a good quality olive oil, is a great idea for a healthy and different type of pasta sauce.
I try to make whole-grain pasta whenever I can to ensure a healthy meal, enriched with fibre and other nutrients.
Cheese is another pasta-dish fundamental. Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, Asiago, Pecorino or even goat cheese, will add amazing taste and texture to perfectly complete your dish.
Whenever possible, use fresh ingredients. This is so important to acquire strong and rich flavours, especially when incorporating herbs.
Using a good quality olive oil is also very important. Drizzling over your finished dish will add great flavour.
Another great tip is to use already blended, raw tomato sauce to save time, without losing authenticity.
It literally takes 10-12 minutes to cook pasta, so while your pasta is cooking, your sauce should be simmering away. Preparation is key…While you wait for your water to boil, start cutting up all your veggies, garlic, onions, herbs etc. Pasta is a quick and easy meal that is so greatly satisfying.