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Monday, January 7, 2013

Linguine with Artichoke hearts,Red Bell Pepper,Mushrooms and Broccoli

Atleast once a week..we have a "Pasta" meal time! Everyone at home likes Pasta and then there are so many variations that you can play with..it's always fun!!
When I first came to USA....my culinary knowledge was limited.."M" taught me how to make "Pasta". It was like---In short--- Boil Pasta, Open Garden Combination "Ragu" bottled sauce, add frozen Mix Veg....tadah...All Done!! For few years I did make my Pasta the same way!! We have so many of those empty bottles hosting other ingredients in the pantry even now!
But now....with all the culinary exposure...I have learned many different sauces and a lot of variation in Pasta making and... We hardly buy the 'Pasta sauce' anymore!
(Serves about 4-6)
1/2 pkg Linguine pasta
1/2 cup  Artichoke hearts( I used canned)
1/2 cup chopped Red bell pepper
1/2 cup sliced mushroom
1/2 cup broccoli florets
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes( I used canned)
3 garlic cloves minced
1/2tsp black ground pepper
1/2tsp dried basil
1tsp oregano
1/2 to 1tsp red pepper flakes (adjust spice level)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2tsp lemon juice
2tbsp olive oil
Parsley/ Cilantro for garnish

1) Boil the pasta as per package directions in salted water.
2) Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in the pan, saute the garlic and the veggies for few seconds.
3) Add the drained pasta, herbs, spices,salt, lemon juice and toss.
4) Just before serving, add the Parmesan cheese and toss.

 Serve hot along with a warm bowl of soup/ salad or a crunchy Garlic toast!

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