Pasta Primavera

I couldn’t sleep last night. My wife was on the red-eye to NY and I had to get up early to get the youngest on the school bus. I can’t think of a better time to sit in bed, wide awake, and watch junk TV. It seems that child abductions are big on nighttime drama these days, or at least in the reruns on Sunday night.

What floored me was the commercials. Every time I turn on the television I am astounded by them, but for some reason last night was even worse. It wouldn’t surprise me if every person with a steady diet of television was on some sort of medicine, had some life threatening disease and had common side effects. They would be TELLING their doctors about what was wrong with THEM (not the other way around) but their cholesterol would be fine because they are eating some processed cereal.

In a somewhat related matter, I read the other day how some people think the FDA should be abolished, or at least “reined in”. Specifically, they were referring to the raw milk controversy. I can’t really weigh in on this one. I don’t think any human should be drinking milk once they are weaned from their mother’s breast and therefore have not been following the news. What I do know is that the FDA is not going far enough. The lax advertising regulations in this country are contributing to the health crisis. People are literally making themselves sick and the big food and drug companies are to blame. After all, if one eats healthy and doesn’t take drugs, they would be out of business.

Here is a nice, healthy meal that requires neither packaged, processed food stuff or anything that might cause side effects including suicidal tendencies or death. It is recommended that one combine this with exercise and might I suggest starting with exercising your right to free will and turn off your television. If you need slightly more vigorous exercise, I suggest throwing your television in the trash. That should get those pectorals working (don’t forget to lift with the legs).

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Pasta (Penne, Fusilli or Bow Tie)
  • 1 Carrot, peeled
  • 1 Cup Broccoli Florets
  • 1 Red Pepper, cleaned
  • 1 Yellow Pepper, cleaned
  • 1 Onion
  • 1/2 Bunch Asparagus
  • 4 Cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 1 Cup Cherry Tomatoes, cut in half
  • Italian Parsley
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Red Chili Flakes
  • White Wine
  • Lemon
  • Splash of Half and Half or Cream (optional)
  • Olive Oil
  • Parmesan

Tools

  • Chef’s Knife
  • Large Sauté Pan
  • Large Pot for Pasta
  • Grater
  1. Fill pot with plenty of salted water and put on high heat.
  2. Chop all of the vegetables (Including the onion) into about the same size, about 1″.
  3. Sauté Onion first then add garlic and red chili flakes. 
  4. Add the rest of the vegetables (except tomatoes). Make sure to have enough olive oil to thinly coat. Add more if you need it.
  5. Sauté until the carrots start to soften.
  6. The water should be boiling. Add the pasta.
  7. Add the tomatoes, about 1/2 cup of white wine to the vegetables and a squeeze of lemon.
  8. Once the wine has reduced a little, turn off the flame and add a splash of cream and a handful of grated parmesan.
  9. Add the pasta to the sauté pan and mix, coating all of the pasta with the sauce.
  10. Garnish with chopped parsley and some more cheese.

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