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Friday, November 13, 2015

{Parmesan and Ricotta One Pot Vegetable Pasta}

Thanksgiving is just two weeks away!  Can you believe it?!  I am having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that it is Mid November already, mainly because we have had some of the craziest weather here in Minnesota... I am talking 60+ degrees, that is just unheard of!

But now that the weather is beginning to be more "Fall/Winter" like I find myself craving warm delicious dinners that are both comforting and nutritious.

I am craving things like this ridiculously creamy Parmesan and Ricotta One Pot Vegetable Pasta.  This pasta dish is light and packed with vegetables.   But it will still satisfy your want or shall I see need for a delicious creamy pasta!  The best part about this dish... you only have to dirty one pot, and everything literally cooks together (well minus the cheese, you need to add that at the end)!  Feel free to toss in some chicken or white beans for a little protein!  I love serving big bowls of this pasta up with a simple spinach salad, makes for a perfect meal!

Parmesan and Ricotta One Pot Vegetable Pasta
Brunch N'Cupcakes 
Serves 6-8 

1 Large Onion Chopped 
2 Cups Broccoli Florets 
1 Cup Match Stick Carrots 
6 Garlic Cloves Minced 
1/3 Cup Frozen Peas 
1 - 14 Oz Box Whole Grain Penne (I use Barrilla)
4 Cups Chicken Broth 
1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning 
Salt and Pepper to Taste
1/3 Cup Fresh Basil - Roughly Chopped 
1/3 Cup Part Skim Ricotta Cheese 
1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese 

1- In a large pot combine vegetables, Penne Noodles, Chicken Broth and Italian Seasoning.  Bring to Boil. 
2- When mixture comes to a boil reduce heat and cover pot with a lid.  Let cook for 7-10 minutes (stiring occasionally so noodles don't stick) until the noodles and vegetables are tender, and broth is almost absorbed (you want a little left over to help make the sauce)
3- Stir in ricotta, Parmesan cheese, and basil.  Season with salt and pepper (to taste) and serve. 

Serving Suggestions: 
Serve with additional shredded Parmesan cheese, toasted pine nuts, or a simple spinach salad. 


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