Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wacky Mac Vegetable Pasta

In honor of the arrival of the long awaited nice weather I wanted to post something that was light and full of vegetables. This recipe was found in the coupon flyer section of the weekend newspaper a few years ago and sent to me by my mother-in law. It is simple, quick and tasty. It can also double as a cold pasta salad for a picnic or BBQ. Sometimes we add chicken if we are extra hungry and vegetables just aren't going to cut it.

1 Bunch of Broccoli - Diced into Small Pieces
1 Cup Sun-Dried Tomatoes - Sliced Julienne
1 Red Pepper - Diced into Small Pieces
1/2 Cup Olive Oil
4 Cloves of Garlic - Minced
12 oz Package of Wacky Mac (Any Flavor or Shape)
4 Tbsp Pine Nuts
S&P to Taste
Parmsean Cheese if desired
Get a pot of salted water boiling for the Wacky Mac and prepare pasta according to the package. Wash & prep all of your veggies. In a large pan heat up the olive oil on medium heat. Add the sun-dried tomatoes, broccoli and red pepper. Cook stirring occasionaly about 6 minutes until vegetables become tender. Add the garlic and continue to cook for about 2 more minutes stirring frequently so the garlic doesn't burn. Remove the pan from the heat. Salt & pepper the vegetables to taste.
The pasta should be done cooking by now. Drain it and add it to the skillet with all of the vegetables. Add the pine nuts and genetly toss everything together. Divide into bowls and sprinkle with Parmsean cheese if desired.

Enjoy!! - Nicole

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