Getting Healthy in an Affordably Delicious Way

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Sweet Pepper Penne Pasta Pot! (How's That for Alliteration?)

This was a recipe straight out of a South Beach cookbook that I borrowed from my mom! The picture looked SO good in the book, that I had to make it!

You know... its that same way you feel when you see MY pictures, right!? HAH! Mostly kidding! But on a more serious note, this dinner is easy, its healthy, and its affordable. Are you sick of hearing that yet? I do need to showcase one of my newest Pampered Chef Items. You will see it after the "finely chopped onion" step!!


-8 oz whole wheat penne pasta
- 2 t Olive Oil
- 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
-3 cloves of garlic, minced
-1/4 tsp sea salt
-1/8 tsp black pepper
- 3 sweet cherry peppers, diced
- 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
-1 large zucchini, shredded
- 3-4 oz feta cheese (goat cheese would work as well)
-1/4 cup fresh basil, sliced or chopped

And We're Off:

Here is my new chopper, and look at my nice evenly chopped onions!

Heat 1 tsp of your oil over medium-high heat. Add your onion and garlic, reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring often until onion is soft. 

Add the rest of the oil, your sweet peppers, salt, and pepper. Reduce heat to low and continue to cook. Remove from heat, but keep warm.

Now, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Reserving 2 tablespoons of pasta cooking liquid, drain pasta.

Meanwhile, prep your tomatoes and zucchini (if you haven't already!)

Add pasta, reserved pasta cooking liquid, zucchini, cheese, tomatoes, and basil to skillet with peppers and onions; toss to combine. 

Cook over medium heat until pasta is just heated through and cheese is melted, 1 to 2 minutes. Season with additional pepper to taste and serve warm.

Serve it up, and do enjoy :)

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