Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Green Summer Spaghetti with Vegetables

Last week I woke up with a thought of the fresh vegetables with slightly creamy spaghetti. I know all the foodies have dreams about food...we can smell it in our dreams, don't we? 
After our typical mid morning breakfast we went grocery shopping for ingredients that I needed. Even though my husband had to go to work that night, I had a pleasure enjoying it all by myself. 
While I was watching the sunset from my dining room going down behind the highest hill, which seemed not that far away looking with my naked eyes, each bite of this pasta was amazingly delicious. 
Kids were of course, having way too much fun at the pool with my in-laws, so I had an evening all to myself. It is nice from time to time just to have those kind of calm dinners to enjoy and collect your thoughts. Some girls/women love to go and have a massage, some maybe pedicures, or go dancing, but I just love to have peaceful evenings without anybody disturbing me...and I feel grateful that I can have those moments every once in a while.
For today's dinner idea I have just what I was dreaming about --spaghetti with vegetables. It is meatless, reduced in fat, full of nutrition but still I felt like it was comfortably hugging my stomach. It is probably the most basic dinner that you can make in very short period of time. While I was putting all the veggies in the pan to stir-fry, the aroma was just incredibly pleasant, making me even more hungry. I make this often, and usually without sauce because it is quicker, and of course sometimes I really don't want to eat dairy, which is crazy considering how much I love cheese but... 
I did a photo-shoot and then my dinner made it to the table. Let me show you how to do it so you can enjoy it too!

YOU can check one my favorites: Spaghetti aglio e olio

Serves 2-3
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
  • Spaghetti 
  • 1 Tbs. Olive Oil
  • 2 Garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2 Green Onions
  • 1 cup Fresh Broccoli, florets
  • 1 cup Fresh Asparagus, chopped
  • 5 Mushrooms
  • Sprinkle of Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt + 1 tsp. for the water
  • Dash of Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Dry Italian Herbs {mix}
  • Drop of Olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 fresh Basil, minced
  • Sprinkle of dry basil
  • 1 cup half & half {or heavy whipping cream}
  • Dash of Salt and Pepper/or to taste
  • 1 Tbs. Parmigiana Cheese
  • 1 Tbs. all purpose Flour
  • Handful Mozzarella Cheese
  • Fresh Basil
  • Spring Onions, thinly sliced
  1. Boil salted Water and drop the pasta in; while pasta is cooking start preparing vegetables.
  2. Wash all the vegetables first and smash the garlic, chop the green onions, chop the asparagus into 1 inch, cut broccoli florets separating it from the root, and slice mushrooms. 
  3. Pour the oil in the pan and start with putting first garlic and green onion slices; stir-fry for few seconds. Add asparagus, broccoli and mushrooms.( you can cook asparagus and broccoli until tender in the hot water if they are not very young) 
  4. Season the vegetables with salt, pepper, sprinkle of red crushed pepper and toss in bit of dry herbs; Stir Fry for next 2-3 minutes, then cover and leave it aside.
  5. Once the pasta is done drain it and drop in the pan with vegetables;cover. 
Delcious homemade Green Summer Spaghetti with Vegetables
  • If you are VEGAN or do not eat dairy, then just add everything except the sauce and use egg free pasta, or gluten free, whatever your diet requires. Toss veggies and pasta a bit over the high heat with olive oil, garlic and herbs and you are good to go!
  1. In a cup or a bowl I like to add 5 Tbs water with 1 Tbs. Of all purpose flour to make it extra smooth before putting it in the saucepan; mix it until smooth and lump free, set aside until ready to be used. It is also similar to Roux but fat free. 
  2. In a saucepan, add pressed garlic with olive oil. 
  3. Let the oil get infused with garlic;
  4. Add both dry and fresh basil; stir
  5. Pour in half and half {or heavy whipping cream}
  6. Season the sauce with salt and ground black pepper. 
  7. Add Parmigiana Cheese and pour on top slowly and a little bit of the time smooth flour + water mixture; stir until it is combined well; you do not have to pour all the mixture if you see it's thick enough, because it can get really thick and you would need to pour more milk, or half and half/whipped cream to make it thinner. 
  8. Once your sauce is completely combined turn off the heat, add mozzarella cheese and stir in. 
  9. Pour the sauce over the pasta and vegetables, little bit at the time.
  10. Garnish the spaghetti with fresh basil and extra spring onions if desired
This can be served hot or warm!

  • You can place it in the fridge in airtight container. Use it in the next 2-3 days. 
  • Measuring pasta is not all that hard, hold it in between the index finger and the thumb making a circle around the pasta. For each adult consider a portion about the size of a nickel. For the larger appetite makes a portion of either 2 nickels or a quarter.
  • I don't like heavy sauces, nor to see the sauce dominate the pasta so I just use for this portion for two in the pan probably 1/2 ladle of sauce just to give me that extra creaminess.
Thank you for stopping by today and come back soon!

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  1. I love all the fresh veggies you used here, Sandra. This is my kind of pasta dish!

  2. Nice recipe Sandra ! looks very healthy

  3. Your photos are beautiful Sandra! This pasta looks so yummy. I love that is filled with some of my favorite veggies. And, that sauce just sounds wonderful.

  4. Sandra this is a lovely pasta dish with some nice healthy fresh veggies. I love that top photos too, great presentation. Have a wonderful day, my friend.

  5. This is making me so hungry. It looks fantastic.

  6. WOW, gorgeous pictures! I feel like I should be looking at a magazine right now. Fantastic meal!

  7. @Laura, I am really glad you like it!Thanks!

    @Ila, yes, it is healthy and refreshing. i don't like too much sauce so using is less is more on the taste for me! Thanks!

    @Beth, are you craving it now? I could fly over and make you some:)) Thanks honey glad you like it!

    @Suzi, Thanks sweetie as always you sweet words make my day!

    @Jen, Thanks you much!

    @Raven, Awww you are so sweet, thank you honey very much!

  8. Seriously amazing. I love the pictures and the vegetables, the whole thing looks beautiful.

  9. This is my kind of summer pasta dish, Sandra. Looks so healthy and delicious. Love the pictures!

  10. Thank you Muna very much!

    @Jean, I am happy you like it! :) Thanks!

  11. Hi Sandra, would love to have that plate of spaghetti in front of me right now if I could, looks so refreshing and healthy!

  12. A very summery dish! I love the first photo, it's stunning!

  13. @Jeannie, :)) I hope you make it! Thanks!

    @Lemmei, Thank you very much!

  14. My kind of pasta as well. Light and healthy... Perfect for summer!

  15. I could imagine myself dreaming about a vegetable filled pasta for a light Summer's night meal;-) Lovely post Sandra;-)

  16. How decadent! I love all the flavors that you've used and I like the idea of putting all these vegetables in the pasta. My boyfriend will be very happy with broccoli in his pasta. :-)

  17. What great veggies for a summer spaghetti! Great color, and all the fresh basil sounds delicious!

  18. Sandra .. the first photo is absolutely stunning! The dark tone, the natural look .. loved it :)

  19. This looks superb, Sandra! I love spaghetti chock full of vegetables, Parmesan and basil. What a perfect summer meal!

  20. I love that you wake up with such delicious thoughts my friend :D
    Produces gorgeous results!


  21. This looks super delicious Sandra. I love veggies, especially the Asparagus. I'll have to try this out. Thanks!

  22. @Hyosun, Thank you very much!

    @Patty, We all have dreams, but more often I have about food:))) Thanks!

    @Renee, i am glad you like it, I hope you make your love happy with this dish!

    @Erin, Thanks a lot for you visit and comment!

    @Kankana, awww thanks honey, i am glad you like it!

    @Shawn, Thank you!

    @Georgia, Thanks sweetie!

    @CCU, Thank you very much!

    @Binh, I really hope you do! I love asparagus too! Thanks!

  23. What a gorgeous pasta dish. The basil and fresh greens are so complimentary. Your images (especially the first one) should grace the cover of a food mag...really - just gorgeous!

  24. This pasta looks gorgeous! Perfect summer pasta dish! And your photos are perfect!

  25. @Foodie Stuntman, Thank you!

    @Cristina, Awww thank you very much! i am really glad you like it!

    @Stephanie, Thanks!

  26. God that 1st photo is phenomenal!!
    Love this dinner Idea Sandra!!

  27. I agree, I enjoy an occational evening to myself. I love your photos, they are stunning!

  28. @Reem, Thank you sweetie!

    @Alyssa, Thanks so much!

  29. Such fresh ingredients! I love this kind of pasta! It's perfect for summer.

  30. I love all that green and the light sauce . . . if I was by myself, that would be all I'd need! My favorite vegetables, pasta and a light sauce. (It's Mr. Rosemary who'd need some meat; I'll make him a side.)

  31. Hi There, Wow...this recipe is looking Wonderful and I'm loving it so much. Today I was out of ideas and was wandering what to make. Got the answer now...! I can't wait to try it on my island. Have a wonderful week ahead. Thanks & Regards, Sonia !!!

  32. Looks healthy and wonderful, Sandra!

  33. @Rowena, Thanks, i am happy that you like it!

    @Rosemary, most of the MR's can't eat without meat:)) Thanks!

    @Sonia, I really hope you do..it is very tasty!Thanks!

    @Carolyn, Thanks sweetie!

  34. I love this gorgeous and healthy vegetable spaghetti, Sandra! Truly amazing combination of flavors!

  35. I love pasta loaded with veggies!

  36. Sandra, your green vegetable pasta is fresh, and beautiful, so inviting, delicious, and perfect for any weeknight, or even for company.

    Lora and I often make pasta just with vegetables we have on hand. Never know what combo we create!
    Love your awesome creation, presentation, and photo, as well!

  37. looks delicious Sandra, wish I had it for dinner tonight.

  38. Hi Sandra! Thanks for visiting me. Your spaghetti look absolutely delicious. Love simple recipes. :)

  39. @Tina, Thanks honey, glad you like it!

    @Sandra, me too!:) thanks!

    @Elisabeth,Awww thank you so much for your kind words. I appreciate it!

    @Roxy, I wish you were here too! Thanks!

    @Marina, Thank you for stopping by and for your comment!

  40. What a beautiful dish! I love the flavors and colors you added here. This is perfect for a weeknight dinner. Thanks for sharing!!!

  41. What a fun alternative to marinara sauce! I bet this tastes as gorgeous as it looks!

  42. @Lisa, Thank you! It is perfect for weeknights!

    @Jen, It is very light yet comforting! It does taste great! Thanks!

  43. Sandra, this looks so delicious and so perfect for a light summer meal!

  44. Now THAT is how you prepare spaghetti, nicely done!
    Loving your newest profile pic, very swank :)

  45. @Jess, Thanks sweetie!

    @Sandi, Thank you! :)

  46. We don't know which is more enticing the photo or the recipe. Fortunately, we get both on your blog. Beautiful lead photo , Sandra! Love the freshness and simplicity of your recipe, healthy but really delicious. We've been away from the blog world again for a while and it's just delightful to come back to your blog an be welcomed by such delights!

  47. It's so true that foodies dream about food. My favorite time to dream up recipes is during pilates. For some reason whipping up recipes helps pass the time. Lovely recipes and fantastic pictures!

  48. Love the beautiful pasta and your wonderful photography! Can't get enough of both, Sandra!

  49. @Cheryl and Adam, Welcome back! I was missing your posts, but will check out your blog soon! Thank you so much for your kind words! I appreciate them!

    @Mother Rimmy, :) Yup it is true!:) Thank you for stopping by!

    @Jen, Thank you sweetie so much! xoxo

  50. I really really like this post when I saw it in email and I wanted to comment on it but I'm finally here. I'll make this soon. It's easy and delicious lunch for sure. I love the first photo very much!

  51. Thank you Nami so much! I hope you do try it. It's very easy dish, and fully satisfying!

  52. Hi Sandra, I just wanted to say that your photo is breathtaking! Thanks for sharing.

  53. Awww thanks Linda! It means a lot to me!

  54. What a beautiful dish for summer! I just love that first shot Sandra...gorgeous!

  55. We do end up dreaming, don't we? This pasta looks perfect. Fresh, flavorful and packed with heart-healthy vegetables. Thank you for sharing. Beautiful photograph!

  56. Marvelous dish, Sandra! Just perfect for an evening on the porch and an accompanying glass of wine. Gorgeous food photography as always!


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