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Recipe: Pasta primavera

Recipe: Pasta primavera

Pasta primavera — one of many healthy recipes from Mayo Clinic.

Traditional pasta primavera includes pasta topped with sauteed vegetables in a heavy cream sauce with butter. This lighter version is much lower in calories, fat and sodium, and is fresher tasting. It isn''t intended to be saucy like its traditional counterpart.


Directions

In a large pot fitted with a steamer basket, bring about 1 inch of water to boil. Add the broccoli, mushrooms, zucchini and peppers. Cover and steam until tender-crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove from the pot. In large saucepan, heat the olive oil and saute the onion and garlic over medium heat. Add the steamed vegetables and stir or shake to coat the vegetables with the onion and garlic mixture. Remove from heat but keep warm. In another large saucepan, heat the butter, evaporated milk and Parmesan cheese. Stir over moderate heat until somewhat thickened and heated through. Stir continuously and don''t scald. Remove from heat but keep warm. In the meantime, fill a large pot 3/4 full with water and bring to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente (tender), about 10 to 12 minutes, or according to package directions. Drain the pasta thoroughly. Divide the pasta evenly among individual plates. Top with vegetables and pour the sauce over the vegetables and pasta. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve immediately.


Ingredients
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup sliced zucchini or yellow squash
  • 2 cups sliced red or green peppers
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 cup evaporated fat-free milk
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 12 ounces whole-wheat pasta (angel hair or spaghetti)
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh parsley

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NutrientAnalysis
Calcium 
Calories350 
Carbohydrate55 g 
Cholesterol12 mg 
Fiber7 g 
Monounsaturatedfat3 g 
Potassium 
Protein17 g 
Saturatedfat3 g 
Servingsize 
Sodium224 mg 
TotalFat7 g 

2010-12-10

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