Penne Pasta Primavera with Fresh Vegetables

Penne Pasta Primavera with Fresh Vegetables by

Sweet Memories

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  • 2 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • Butter, olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 large carrot, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 cup asparagus or zucchini, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3⁄4 cup chicken broth
  • Juice from 1 lemon, about 1⁄4 cup
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh minced Italian parsley

 

Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the penne to just before al dente, about 1 minute less than the package instructions. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water, drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 2 tbsp. of butter and 2 tbsp. of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add onion, and cook until translucent, 1-2 minutes.
  4. Stir in vegetables in the following order, cook- ing and stirring 1-2 minutes after each addition: Carrots, Broccoli, Red Bell Pepper, Asparagus or Zucchini, Minced Garlic. *Add another tbsp. of butter to the skillet if it starts to look a little dry. Season with a little salt and pepper, transfer to a plate.
  5. To the skillet, add a tbsp. of butter, 3⁄4 cup chicken broth, 1⁄4 cup lemon juice, and 1⁄4 cup pasta water. Bring to a boil and simmer until slightly reduced, about 2 or 3 minutes.
  6. Stir in the pasta and continue to simmer, until sauce is reduced by half, about 3 or 4 minutes.
  7. Stir in vegetables and season with salt and pepper, garnish with fresh parsley. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired.