Updated: Aug 28, 2021
Week one of our trying to eat a plant-based diet, well we are sort of 90% of the way there, it’s the cheese. So, I have been playing with pasta and potatoes as the main ingredient in many of the dishes I have been trying to create. The other night I created an Avocado Potato dish, but I need to do it once more before I post that recipe, but it was easy and quick and very satisfying.
But onto this dish, over the weekend I made this dish once and then last night again, and it pretty much can be made with any veggies you might have on hand. On Sunday I used beets, carrots, and pole beans, and then last night I used asparagus, red peppers, sun-dried and fresh tomatoes, and pole beans and it was great. – Enjoy
1 lb. of dried pasta, cooked as directed on package, reserve 1 ½ cups of the pasta water
3 shallots, halved, then sliced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
¼ cup of Olive Oil
4 oz. of creamy goat cheese
3 to 4 sprigs of each of the following fresh herbs, minced
Red Pepper Flakes to taste
Salt and Pepper to taste
Veggies of Choice (shown in picture)
Bunch of asparagus, chopped
1 red bell pepper, ribbon cut
1 yellow bell pepper, ribbon cut
1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved
¼ cup of sun-dried tomatoes, sliced
bunch of pole beans
In a large saucepot, filled with water, bring to a boil. Then blanch the asparagus and pole beans, For about 3 minutes, drain and rinse with cold water and set aside.
In a large deep skillet, over medium-high heat, add olive oil, and shallots and sauté until soft, about 2 minutes, now add the cherry tomatoes and sauté until they are just about dissolved. About halfway through the cherry tomatoes reduction, add the bell peppers and 1 cup of the pasta water. Reduce heat and simmer until sauce has been reduced by half. Now add the herbs, red pepper flakes, sun-dried tomatoes, and seasoning, stir, next add the blanched veggies to the skillet, stir and simmer for 2 to 5 minutes, or once everything is at the same temp.
Add goat cheese, ½ cup of pasta water to a serving bowl and whisk until cheese has melted completely into the water, add pasta and toss to coat. Now add the mixture from the skillet, toss to combine, and serve.