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What’s for Dinner?? Pasta with Veggies and Garlic Sauce

on August 3, 2012

Oh, that nagging feeling!  What are we going to have for dinner tonight?  Despite a house full of food, you can’t figure it out.  Or you’re too tired.   So here’s a simple easy meal to get on the table quickly.  (I haven’t tried to freeze this but it cooks so fast, I don’t think I would even try).


  • Pasta:  I use Penne but you could use what you have on hand
  • Olive Oil:  3-4 Tablespoons
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (you could use garlic cloves but I find the powder much easier)
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste, if desired
  • Veggies:  I try to use frozen California veggies (the broccoli, cauliflower, carrot mix) but often use what is in my fridge at the moment


Cook pasta according to package directions.  If using pre-cooked, frozen veggies, put them in the pasta water during the last couple of minutes of cooking to heat through.   (If cooking your own veggies, steam them.)  Drain.

Heat olive oil on medium heat.  Add garlic powder (or cloves).  Whisk garlic powder to combine.    Add more garlic powder, if desired.

When pasta and veggies are done, combine with sauce.  Sprinkle with parmesan cheese (we use the grated stuff in the container but you could use fresh).



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