Sunday, October 16, 2011

Creamy One Pot Pasta

I'm POSITIVE I've posted this recipe before, but I can't find it, and I need to have a link so I can post to My Baking Addiction and try to win a free pot. Because I got my (BELOVED) le creuset when we were a little family of four, with two babies who weren't eating.  So now I need a grow up sized one.  And free is the best deal I can find online, so here goes.

Creamy One Pot Pasta

4 large garlic cloves, peeled 
1 jar (7 oz) sun-dried tomatoes in oil, undrained 
3 cans (14.5 oz each) chicken broth (5 1/4 cups) 
1 lb uncooked penne pasta 
1 head broccoli (2 cups small florets) 
2 medium carrots, peeled 
4 oz reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufch√Ętel) 
1/4 tsp salt 
1/2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper 
Grated fresh Parmesan cheese and snipped fresh basil (optional) 

Thinly slice garlic. Place garlic and 1 tbsp oil from sun-dried tomatoes into an 8qt stockpot. 

Cook garlic over medium heat 2-3 minutes or until garlic is golden brown, stirring occasionally. 

Remove from heat; add broth. Return to burner; increase heat to high. 

Cover and bring to a boil. Stir in pasta; cover and simmer vigorously 8-10 minutes or until pasta is almost cooked but still firm, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, cut broccoli into small florets; Cut carrots in half lengthwise; thinly slice crosswise on a bias. 

Drain sun-dried tomatoes; pat dry with a paper towel. Slice tomatoes into thin strips. Toss carrots, broccoli, and tomatoes into pot.

Cut cream cheese into cubes, toss in pot.

Stir until cream cheese is melted and fully incorporated. Reduce heat to medium; cover and cook an additional 2-4 minutes or until vegetables are tender. 

Serve immediately.

If desired, top with grated fresh Parmesan cheese and snipped fresh basil. 

Yield: 6 servings

 So that's the real recipe, but I ALWAYS slice up one of those hilshire farms turkey sausage things and let that heat up way back when you add the broth.  You can also throw in whatever veggies you have on hand that you need to use up.  It sounds simple, and a lot of times simple equals yucky, but it really is FABULOUS.  We eat this eat least once a month.

Come join the fun at the My Baking Addiction and GoodLife Eats Holiday Recipe Exchange sponsored by Le Creuset.

Come join the fun at My Baking Addiction and Good Life Eats Holiday Recipe Exchange sponsored by Le Creuset.

1 comment:

  1. I love how simple and creamy this dish is! I agree - free is definitely the best deal you can find! Good Luck! Thanks so much for entering this One Pot Meal in the Holiday Recipe Exchange!