Sunday, August 7, 2011

Just veggies, or not.....

I could go meatless a few nights a week but Mr. Lucky has other ideas. The other night I had a meatless dinner all planned out in my head.  Well, mostly, I already had some fresh pasta that kept calling my name from the fridge.

Is there anything better than fresh pasta?
 So,I still had to see what treasures I would find at the farm stand.  As usual, I was not disappointed!  I could have bought one of everything but someone kept me in check.

Gorgeous, right?
I hot those gorgeous carrots, tomatoes, the Spanish onion and that adorable summer squash.  The squash were really small and perfect so I had to get those! Seeing all these beautiful vegetables brought the rest of  my meatless dinner together in my over-active brain.

I was so excited for this dinner but Mr. Lucky not so much.  He ran off to the store to get steak. Men!

This really was the simplest meal.  Again, I don't have any measurements, you'll just have to wing it.  (Chelle, that means you!) 

I diced half of the onion and saved the other half. I peeled and chopped four of the carrots into small pieces so they would cook quickly. I sauteed the onions and and carrots together in about one tablespoon of olive oil and one of butter. 

If only you could smell this!
I let the carrots and onions saute for three or four minutes and then added the sliced summer squash.  For the squash I just cut them in half lengthwise and and then sliced them about a 1/4 inch thick.

Getting yummier! 
I sauteed this mixture for about five more minutes and added another half tablespoon of olive oil, the veggies were starting to stick. At this time I also added salt, pepper and some minced garlic.  Once the squash were tender I added the diced up tomatoes, juice and all.

So good!
The tomatoes don't need to cook for very long just to warm them through.  The juice from the tomatoes will make the mixture a little "saucier". 

Once the tomatoes were heated through I tasted the mixture to make sure it was seasoned enough. Then, I added some grated Parmesan, about a 1/3 of a cup.  Maybe more, maybe less.  You have to make sure you mix the Parmesan in quickly so it doesn't melt and clump all in one spot. I learned that the hard way!  I had to do a lot of mixing, A LOT!

When the pasta was done I added it right to the pan with the veggies and got everything combined.

Not the greatest picture.
This pasta dish was so delicious. Mr. Lucky was impressed too.  I cannot wait to make it, or something similar, again.  The steak was pretty good too.


Chelle said...

I get hives from 'winging it' lolololololol!!!!!!!!!!!

JEM said...

I know I know but you can do baby steps :-D

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