Thursday, August 13, 2009

Penne Primavera

Penne Primavera


vegetable broth and/or vegetable juice to cook veggies in
4 cups vegetable broth (mix with vegetable juice, if desired)
1 (16 ounce) package penne pasta - or whatever you may have :)
2 garlic cloves, crushed and chopped
2 cups broccoli florets - 1 bag of frozen works, if they're large, you need to cut them up
2 or 3 medium carrots, julienned
1 bag frozen peas

Other vegetables - mushrooms, green beans...whatever sounds good to you, add it in!
Herbs to taste - Oregano, Basil, Parsley - fresh is best, but if you don't have it, go with dried
Garlic Powder to taste - we always add this, even if there's fresh garlic in it, too
Parmesan cheese, if desired (they make it low fat if you want it that way)


1. In a pot, bring 4 cups of vegetable broth to a boil. Stir in the penne pasta and garlic cloves. Cook for 5 minutes, or until pasta is almost al dente.

2. Heat the broth or juice in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the broccoli, carrots, peas, and other veggies that you want. Start with the ones that take the longest to cook (carrots and broccoli). Cook until all of the vegetables are heated through, about 2 minutes or so.

3. Transfer the partially cooked pasta and broth to the skillet. Add your herbs. Cover skillet, and continue cooking 10 minutes over medium heat, or until pasta is al dente and vegetables are tender. Top with the Parmesan cheese if you want it and serve. :)


  1. Yum!! This is the sort of dish we love to do but using gluten free pasta! Love this!!
    Aunt Sally

  2. Glad you like it! Feel free to take photos of the things you make from here and I can upload the pictures to attach to the posts. :)

  3. I'll have to get Lizzy to do the pics when we make the dishes! That will be fun! Still trying to find non-gluten info. Sorry it's taking so long. I can't find my file! We're having turkey sausage cabbage soup tonight. Lizzy isn't feeling very well and I'm hoping that the cabbage will help. It always seems to. We make our own turkey sausage. Any non-gluten 'seasoned or packaged' meat items cost so much, and they are very hard to find! Blessings, Aunt Sally