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Springtime Fettuccine with Tomatoes

Contributed by: News Canada

(NC) - Primavera means "springtime," but don't let that limit you to spring vegetables. Other vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower work well in this dish too.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) hot pepper flakes
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 zucchini, cut in half lengthwise and thinly sliced (about 4oz/125 g)
  • 2 cups (500 mL) chopped fresh asparagus or peas
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup (250 mL) pasta sauce (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1 cup (250 mL) vegetable stock
  • 12 oz (375 g) Healthy Harvest Linguine or Spaghetti
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Directions:

In a large shallow saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic and hot pepper flakes; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add red pepper, zucchini, asparagus, salt and black pepper; cook, stirring, for about 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender crisp. Add pasta sauce and stock; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water; cook linguine for about 10 minutes or until al dente (tender but firm to the bite). Drain and return to the pot. Add sauce, parsley and cheese; toss to coat.

Variations:

In late summer or early fall, substitute 2 cups (500 mL) chopped fresh plum tomatoes for the pasta sauce for a real hit of fresh tomato flavour.

To add some kick, chop a fresh hot pepper, such as a finger chili or jalapeno and cook it with the vegetables-that's a spicy pasta.

For more information, please visit www.wholegrainpasta.ca.

Serving Size: Makes 4 Servings


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