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February 9, 2013

Roasted Veggie Pasta, Red Wine & Parmesan

I love these kind of weeks. The ones where all of the sudden you realize it's Wednesday and you're halfway to a wonderful and beautiful weekend. Then all of a sudden, it's Friday night... the week has ended, you find yourself in the kitchen cooking up a delicious, fresh pasta for dinner - complete with a hefty glass of red wine and a little parmesan to top it all off.


Is this how my week went? You could say that ;-)

I had been planning this dinner all week long... not that this type of meal requires a great deal of planning. But I find that when you set yourself up with something to look forward to, the days go by smoother, you smile more, and well... you can take a little more time to breathe.

A night at home with my love, a great meal enjoyed coffee table-style in front of the TV... I couldn't imagine a more perfect way to kick off my weekend.

And because I love you so much, I'll happily share this simple and pleasure-filled recipe. But first...

Like I said... Lovely.

Roasted Veggie Pasta
Fresh broccoli
1/2 white onion
1/4 - 1/2c frozen peas
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper
Garlic powder
2-3 tbsp fresh parsley(roughly chopped)
2 Garlic cloves
Good quality Parmesan
GF Pasta of choice (though I strongly recommend spaghetti noodles)

Preheat oven to 425. Begin to boil water for pasta. Chop broccoli and onion into fairly large pieces, place onto a baking sheet lined with a silpat or parchment paper. Drizzle veggies with olive oil, add salt, pepper & garlic powder. Use your hands and mix it all together to ensure all veggies are coated with olive oil. Place veggies in oven and roast 20 - 30 minutes (they will be soft after 20 but if you're looking for the roasted flavor let them cook for the full 30, this allows the broccoli to get a little "char" adding wonderful flavor to the dish). Your water should now be boiling, add the pasta and cook until al dente. Once the pasta is done, drain and rinse (leave in the colander). Finely chop the garlic cloves, add a small amount of butter (or olive oil) to your pasta pan, add garlic and saute until fragrant. Lower temp, add frozen peas and half of your fresh parsley. Once the peas have fully thawed add the pasta back to the pan. By now, the veggies should be roasted to perfection. Add these to the pasta mixture along with a touch more olive oil. Grate parmesan cheese into mixture and stir (the amount of cheese is truly up to you, and, if you cannot tolerate dairy feel free to add a meltable dairy free cheese or simply enjoy without). Add additional salt & pepper to taste. Plate the pasta, add a touch more grated parmesan and microwave for 30 seconds and top it off with the remaining fresh parsley. Lastly, pour yourself a fine glass of red wine, take a deep breath and enjoy.

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