Are you looking for a budget and time friendly meal? If so, pasta dishes are one of the easiest meals to make. Yes, it's easier to boil some noodles and dump a can of sauce on top, but making something quick and healthy is hard to come by these days.
Vegan and vegetarian cooking has come a long way. Plant-based cooking is much more sophisticated, which I love, but for many, it is challenging. The ingredients are either expensive or requires one or more "hard to find" ingredients, or is a time intensive task.
My motto is that healthy doesn't have to be hard, expensive or time-intensive project. And this 20-minute inspires people to cook their pasta differently.
I created this pasta with the rainbow in mind. I aimed for color while "rooting" to the seasonal "fruits of nature." Feel free to exchange the vegetables for ones that you prefer. Enjoy!
20-Minute Fall Harvest Pasta
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Serves 3-4 people
1 bag of pasta
1 small zucchini, chopped
1 small squash, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 red pepper, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1/2 tsp basil*
1/4 tsp oregano*
salt + pepper to taste
Bring water to a boil in a pot and cook the pasta according to the package directions.
Place one tablespoon of olive oil in pan on medium-low heat and begin prepping the vegetables, starting with the onion and the garlic.
Once the onions and garlic are chopped, add them to the oil and cook for 2-3 minutes. Next, add the carrot and spices and cook for 2-3 minutes (continue prepping vegetables as you'll gradually add them).
Next, add the remaining vegetables and if needed, add additional olive oil and a dash of salt and pepper. Cook until edible.
Once noodles are finished, drain and return it to the pot. Add olive oil and basil to the noodles and mix. Mix in the vegetables once finished and adjust any salt, pepper, spice and olive oil flavoring as needed. The noodles soak up the olive oil so you may need between 1-2 tablespoons.
*You can use italian spices instead if you dont have individual herbs.
Optional: Add a pinch of paprika on top of the pasta for some zip.
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Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com