Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Primavera means "season of spring" in Italian.This dish usually is packed with vegetables which are available in spring.But any vegetable can be added to the pasta.The vegetables should not become soggy but should retain the crispy texture while cooking.There are so many versions of this recipe.A common recipe uses heavy cream and butter.Since I wanted it be light and healthy,I skipped adding those.
This is my kid's favorite lunch box dish.
Rotini Pasta - 1 pound
Tomatoes - 1
Zucchini - 1 sliced
Carrots - 2 cut into 1 inch pieces
Broccoli florets - 8
Onion - 1 chopped
Garlic - 3 pods minced
Green bell pepper - cut into thin strips
Marinara Sauce - 1 cup
Oil - 4 Tbsp
Pepper powder - 2 tsp
Salt to taste
Grated Parmesan cheese - 2 tbsp optional
Even vegetables like peas,eggplant can be added.
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.Add the pasta and and cook for 10 to 12 minutes or until al dente.
Drain them in a colander.
Heat oil in a pan and add the garlic.Then add the onion and saute till translucent.
Then add the green pepper,zucchini,carrot and saute for 5 minutes.
Now add the pepper powder.Add the marinara sauce and 1/2 cup of water and allow it to boil for 2 minutes.
Now add the pasta ,required amount of salt.
Sprinkle Parmesan cheese if you prefer.
Serve hot .