Penne pasta with tomatoes and peas is a vegetarian option that’s quick, light and super simple. This dish is a winner at any meal!
Penne Pasta with Tomatoes and Peas
Calories 385 kcal
- ⅔ cup uncooked penne pasta (2 oz)
- ¼ cup frozen peas
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1½ cloves garlic, minced (1½ tsp)
- ¾ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- ¾ tsp dried parsley
- ½ tsp dried basil
- ⅛ tsp black pepper
- ⅛ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp shredded parmesan cheese
Cook pasta according to package directions. Stir in the peas during the last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain.
Add oil to a saute pan and heat over medium-low heat. Saute garlic for 4 minutes, stirring constantly.
Increase heat to medium-high, add tomatoes, basil and parsley. Cook for 1 minute.
Add pasta, salt and pepper to pan, cook for 3 minutes or until heated through.
Sprinkle with cheese and serve immediately.
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Did you know? Traditional “white” pasta has gotten a bad rap lately but there are plenty of healthier alternatives out there, either with carbs and without!
Suggestion: For a more protein-rich meal, add some Italian meatballs!
Homemade spaghetti sauce with Italian sausage is, hands down, my favorite dish. Like, ever. I like to make a big batch and freeze some for later!
Spaghetti Sauce with Italian Sausage
Course Main Course
Calories 165 kcal
- 6 cups chopped tomatoes (4 pounds)
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 lb Italian sausage, sweet or hot, uncooked
Put all ingredients, including sausage in a large pot and bring to simmer. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour until the internal temperature of the sausage reaches 165͑͒.
Remove sausage and cut into slices. Remove bay leaves. If desired, the sauce can be processed in batches with a blender or food processor until smooth.
Return sausage to the sauce and serve with your favorite pasta or spaghetti squash.
Hack: Put serving-sized leftover portions in sealable freezer bags or containers leftovers and freeze for future use.
Hack: If you have leftover tomatoes and no time to make the sauce, simply puree them in the blender and freeze the fresh puree in sealed freezer bags or containers to cook with at a later date.
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Did you know? Traditional “white” pasta has gotten a bad rap lately but there are plenty of healthier alternatives out there, some with carbs and some without!
Suggestion: Substitute these meatballs in place of the sausage!
You can use Oil-Free Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing as a marinade or salad dressing. It can be tossed with pasta or rice noodles for a bright, fresh taste!
Oil-Free Lemon Poppy Seed Salad Dressing
Calories 20 kcal
- ½ cup lemon juice
- 1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp)
- 1½ tsp fresh ginger, grated
- 1½ tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- ¼ tsp salt
- Pepper to taste
- ⅓ cup water
- 1 tbsp poppy seeds
Combine all ingredients except poppy seeds and blend with a mini food processor or immersion blender until smooth. Add poppy seeds. Store in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator.
Hack: Do you know that you can freeze fresh ginger root? Grating it in its frozen state is easier than grating it fresh and, if you choose organic ginger, you don’t have to peel it! Simply place it in a sealed freezer bag or container and pop it in the freezer.
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Did you know that poppy seeds are rich sources of a number of nutrients? Click here for more information!
Use this dressing to make Lemon Poppy Seed Chicken with Rice Noodles or Easy Pan Seared Scallops / Shrimp!