Creamy Pasta with Roasted Vegetables

A day in the life of recipe testing goes a lot like this:Creamy Penne Pasta with Roasted Vegetables

Creamy Pasta with Roasted Vegetables 

-shop for fresh ingredients and bring them home to sort out

-wash and dry fresh herbs and produce

-chop everything

-get out the camera, notebook and pen and jot down the step-by-step procedure of each recipe

-take a snapshot at every interesting point

That’s mostly before all the cooking.

Don’t even get me started about cleaning…

That’s why I’m always able to laugh a little at myself when I realize that some of the very best meals happen when I’m relaxed, enjoying the moment of cooking and paying closer attention to the smells, colors and textures than to minutiae of  how perfectly cut and clean everything always looks. Though that’s important, it also interrupts a very good flow of cooking.

And pasta has my back in that area every single time.

creamy pasta with roasted veggies close up

How wrong can you go with fat pasta noodles, fresh vegetables, fresh herbs and cream?

So, on Saturday afternoon I had three burners going on the stove with various cooking times that all needed to be photographed and annoted in my notebook that was somewhere around the corner.

My hands were wet and all the towels were used up.

And I was reminded that we needed to eat lunch some time in this century–and it wouldn’t be anything on the stove- that was all for tomorrow.

I dug deep into the cave that is called my fridge and dug out some leftover pasta from Friday night (it’s amazing what I find in there sometimes). It was plain with only roasted tomatoes and a few spices and olive oil and that just wouldn’t do for leftovers because it would end up dry when re-heated.

Out the door I went to snip a few basil leaves from my plant that now resides in a light-filled basement window to save it from the frost; I took a few pieces of roasted squash from the soup I was preparing and found the gem of all refrigerated gems: heavy whipping cream. This is a winning combo.

creamy pasta full plate

In this recipe you can start from scratch with a fresh batch of uncooked pasta, but if you have any leftover cooked pasta of any type, this is a great way to bring it back to life and give it a whole new flavor than it had the day before…

Creamy Pasta with Roasted Vegetables

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 pound package penne pasta, cooked

1 pound roasted tomatoes (should be seasoned during roasting)

1/2 pound roasted zucchini squash (should be seasoned during roasting)

2-4 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons capers

3 cloves garlic, crushed

heavy cream (2 tablespoons at a time)

freshly chopped basil (optional)

Directions

If you don’t have them already, roast the tomatoes (directions here) and the squash (much like this) separately. Let cool.

If you have uncooked pasta, follow the directions according to package instructions and once finished, drain the pasta. Add some olive oil and let cool. Set aside.

Meanwhile, chop the tomatoes and squash roughly, keeping the chunks as large or as small as you like.

In a large sauté pan, heat the olive oil on medium-low heat. Add the cooked pasta, roasted veggies, capers and crushed garlic. Mix thoroughly and allow everything to heat up evenly but not to fry (keeping the heat minimal).

Pour in the heavy cream, 2 tablespoons at a time, until you reach the desired creaminess. Do not let the mixture boil, but if it does, remove from heat immediately. Mix and stir the cream as you add it in, then remove from heat and serve at once. Top with freshly chopped basil, if you have it.

 

3 comments

  1. Oh my goodness. This looks and sounds delicious! I’m going to make this tonight inshaAllah. Thank you for sharing yet another awesome recipe.

    I know what you mean about documenting the creation of recipes. It seriously takes the joy out of cooking sometimes. I think my best recipes and meals are created when there isn’t a camera or notebook in site.

  2. Assalamu alaikum!

    Just tried this creamy pasta recipe! Turned out delicious alhamdulillah! JazakiAllah khair for sharing!

  3. Salamalaku Sister! Tried your caribbean shrimp salad , sweet and sour beef, tuna pasta recipes. Have 3 teenage sons they gave me an A+, thanks for sharing.
    Ramadan Mubarak!
    Great work as i always run out of ideas for Ramadan.

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