Pasta di Verdure Autunno

November 3rd, 2007

When you’re training for a marathon, everyone wants to know what you’re eating. All the time. And if, oh, say, you mention that you’re training for a marathon on a vegetarian diet, they look at you as though you’ve just told them that you’re going to live in Antarctica wearing nothing but socks. Sigh.

However, the New York City Marathon is about 37 hours away, and I am going to make everyone breathe a little easier by eating a big, big bowl of pasta. And I’m going to make myself happy by making up a cool Italian name for it. Of course, I don’t actually speak Italian, so if the title of this dish means something other than “Autumn Vegetable Pasta,” blame the google translator, not me.

Doesn’t it look yummy though?

Pasta di Verdure Autunno

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 small white onion, diced
3 cloves garlic
28 ounce can whole peeled tomatoes with basil
1 tsp vegetable bouillon
8 ounces white mushrooms, sliced
3-4 stalks broccoli, cut into florets
2 tsp coarse sea salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 tbsp parmesan cheese, plus extra for garnish
3/4 pound gemelli pasta

1. Place olive oil, onion and garlic into a medium or large saucepan, and saute on medium heat until onion slices are translucent.
2. Pour about half the tomato sauce from the can of tomatoes into the saucepan, and add all of the whole tomatoes. Break them into pieces with your fingers as you add them to the pan.
3. Add vegetable bouillon, mushrooms, broccoli, salt and pepper. Simmer for 30 minutes, add parmesan, and simmer for five more minutes.
4. While sauce is simmering, cook pasta according to package instructions (approximately 12-15 minutes). Remember to salt the water.
5. Drain pasta, divide into four bowls. Top with about 1 cup of sauce per bowl. Garnish with parmesan cheese if desired, and serve!

Serves 4.

Tags: food · main dishes

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Michelle // Nov 3, 2007 at 2:17 am

    “Pasta di Verdure Autunno” is acceptable.  I think I would have translated “Autumn Vegetable Pasta” as “Pasta di Verdura di Autunno” because my Italian professor was big on propositions.

  • 2 Ginette // Nov 15, 2007 at 2:36 pm

    I like it ! The truth is that I like italian food and pasta, any kind of pasta is my favorite dish.

  • 3 Katy // Nov 15, 2007 at 9:30 pm

    thanks! italian food is one of my favorites too.

  • 4 Fab Grandma // Nov 20, 2007 at 4:32 am

    yes, yes, yes, this fits the bill for what I was looking for. Yummy and cheap, and I can make it gluten free by cooking gluten free pasta. Thanks a million!

  • 5 Meagan // Apr 19, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    I just made this dish for the first time. It was absolutely delicious!! I added some red pepper flakes to the sauce, and it added fun, spicy kick to the flavor. This was definitely a major success

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