LEMON & HERB CHEESY VEGGIE PASTA

This pasta dish is very special to me. When I was in the best shape of my life I was eating this half of the week and the other half was tilapia. There is some serious hatred running around about carbs and pasta and it truly saddens me as an Italian. For some, carbs may really effect their weight, but for the majority of us, it won’t unless you’re eating too much in one sitting. (Like anything!) Pasta is delicious, can be nutritious, and is a serious energy booster. It will give you more energy than almost anything else and it will fill you up quicker and for longer. This dish has everything I love in it. A ton of veggies, pasta, cheese, and great flavors like lemon and basil. This dish will comfort you, energize you and make you feel like you’re not on some bird diet. Buona Mangiata!

LEMON & HERB CHEESY VEGGIE PASTA

Serving Size: 1 Cup | Servings: 12 | Calories per Serving: 148

INGREDIENTS:

πŸ‹ 6 Medium Zucchini

πŸ‹ 16 Ounces White Button Mushrooms (2 Containers)

πŸ‹ 2/3 Cup Frozen Chopped Onion

πŸ‹ 3  4/5 Cups Frozen 3 Pepper Blend

πŸ‹ 1 Pint of Grape Tomatoes

πŸ‹ 2 Jalapeno Peppers

πŸ‹ 5 Garlic Cloves

πŸ‹ 1.5 Tablespoons Butter

πŸ‹ 1 Cup Lemon Juice

πŸ‹ 8 ounces Whole Grain Rotini Noodles

πŸ‹ 1/4 Cup Italian Cheese Blend

πŸ‹ 1/4 Cup Cheddar

πŸ‹ 1/2 Cup Basil

πŸ‹ 1 Cup Parsley

πŸ‹ Red Pepper and Black Pepper

DIRECTIONS:

πŸ‹ Put a large pot on the stove top and set to high, so the water can start boiling for the pasta.

πŸ‹ Chop the zucchini into half moon pieces, the mushrooms, the jalapeno and the garlic.

πŸ‹ In a large skillet place the zucchini, mushrooms, onion, peppers, jalapenos and garlic.

πŸ‹ Pour in the lemon juice and butter. Set heat to medium high.

πŸ‹ As that mixture is cooking down and reducing, roughly chop the basil and parsley.

πŸ‹ Add the rotini noodles to the boiling water. Mix often, so noodles don’t stick together.

πŸ‹ Once the veggie mixture has reduced halfway, add the grape tomatoes whole, basil, parsley, red pepper to your liking, and the black pepper.

πŸ‹ Cook down the rest of the way. Change to low medium heat.

πŸ‹ When the noodles are done drain them and add to the veggie mixture.

πŸ‹ Mix the noodles and veggies well.

πŸ‹ Add both cheeses and mix until it has melted.

πŸ‹ Eat down and enjoy.

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