This is a homegrown, completely (created in a pinch one day) Scratch Mommy recipe. That said, healthy pasta…sounds like an oxymoron, huh? Well, it depends on how you prepare said pasta! Now, I will say that I typically use my own homemade pasta (easy recipe coming soon), but I was out the day I made this recipe, so I used the next best thing (for my crazy allergy family) – bionaturae pasta, which I pick up at my local health food store.
The reason I say that this pasta is healthy is because of the absurd amount of veggies that you
put hide inside of it. I happen to have a toddler that could live on fruit alone, but I know that is not okay. So, I take to extremes and hide veggies as often as I can.
I have made this versatile pasta many times and each time it is met with an “Ummmmm!” from both toddler and hubby (from whom I also have to occasionally hide veggies). 😉 There are two secrets to this pasta…
1. Using just enough
water stock to where the pasta soaks it up (and allows the veggies to “stick” to the pasta; this may not be “proper pasta cooking technique,” but it certainly makes a nice thick, sticky sauce for your pasta).
2. Very finely shredding/chopping the veggies so that they “stick” to the pasta.
I say that this pasta is versatile because I have made it with many different veggies (really, whatever I have on hand that day). I’ve used what you’ll see below, but have also used Brussels sprouts, green peppers, parsnip, cauliflower, cabbage, asparagus, etc. So, feel free to improvise (while keeping the ratios the same so that you get that “soak up” feature that I’m discussing).
The recipe below is for a BIG batch. I do this so that I can freeze portions and have them readily available. Hey, we all need as many time-savers as we can get, right? You’ll want to at least half it if you don’t plan on using it all within a few days (just depends on how big your family is and how good you are with leftovers).
|Healthy Flavorful Pasta (toddler friendly!)|
Yummy, rich, healthy, tomato-based pasta with NO crazy chemicals, fillers, or weird ingredients we cannot pronounce. Yes…this is simple, easy, *REAL* food, friends! Let me know what you think about YOUR pasta! 🙂
Jess, aka Scratch Mommy