I got the idea for this meal from the ‘Simply Vegetarian’ recipe book which I got for Christmas, but I added quite a lot of extras. If you come across this book I totally recommend it.
I’ve been sick for the last week and I haven’t been able to go food shopping or cook much of anything, so now that I’m (almost) healthy again I ran out and got all the vegetables I could carry and stuffed them into this tasty pasta dish.
What you need: Pasta (I used a mixture of shells and penne), a handful of broccoli florets, a chopped pepper, a handful of halved cherry tomatoes, frozen green beans, a chopped red chilli, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds (optional), garlic (crushed or puree), olive oil.
Spices: Dried basil, salt and pepper.
1: Cook the pasta as per cooking instructions. When the pasta has been cooking for about 5 minutes put the broccoli and green beans in a seperate pot and boil for about five minutes. When the pasta, broccoli and green beans are done drain them and set aside.
2: Heat olive oil in a large saucepan and add the garlic. Stir and cook on a medium heat for a minute or two and then add dried basil and pine nuts and cook for about three minutes/until the pine nuts are starting to brown.
3. Add the peppers, tomatoes and chilli and lightly fry for a few minutes.
4. Add the broccoli and green beans along with a pinch of salt. Stir in some more garlic and basil and cook for a minute or two to make sure everything is cooked through.
5. Now it’s time to add the pasta. Stir the cooked pasta in with the vegetables and add some more olive oil and basil. Stir thoroughly to make sure everything is thoroughly mixed and serve with cheese and a sprinkle of pepper (optional).