Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Green Pasta

No, the actual pasta is not green! I call this green pasta because of all the green veggies that it contains. With the huge amount of vitamins, fiber and nutrients you'll get from this pasta you can afford to do something crazy for dessert...like a DOUBLE Single Serving Cake! Maybe even with ice cream on the side, you ask? Now now, lets not get carried away. We still have to fit into that wedding dress in a few short months. Oh wait, that's me not you.

This is really a very simple dish, but with all the different flavors going on here, it seems much more complex. Its amazing how an easy cheese sauce really dresses up pasta and vegetables. Wait a minute. What am I saying? Cheese sauce makes everything better! Although this particular cheese sauce is one you can feel good about eating even if you're watching your calories. Its also a very eye appealing meal (though you may not be able to tell from the pictures - I can never get pasta to photograph very well!), and in case you hadn't heard, we eat with our eyes first. It definitely looks fancy enough impress guests and they'd never know how easy it was to prepare. The whole meal from start to finish only took me about 30 minutes to get on the table!

Green Pasta
  • 1 12-14oz box short pasta (I used Ronzoni Smart Taste rotini)
  • 2C chopped broccoli
  • 1C chopped asparagus
  • 6C fresh spinach
  • 1 12-ounce can fat free evaporated milk
  • 1C low sodium chicken stock
  • 4T flour
  • 1t garlic powder
  • 1/2t salt
  • 2/3C grated parmesan cheese
  • 2T light butter or margarine

Cook pasta according to directions, set aside.
Coat a large skillet with non-stick cooking spray.
Add broccoli, asparagus and spinach to pan and saute on medium heat until vegetables are tender and spinach is wilted.
In a separate bowl, whisk together evaporated milk, flour and stock and pour into vegetables.
Stir until sauce is thick and creamy, then add in cheese until melted.
Stir in 2T of butter until melted and serve!

Adapted from: Parents.com

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