Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Recipe Swap: One Pot Pasta

I participated in another recipe swap this week with pasta as the topic.  When I got this recipe, my first thought was "that's probably not healthy."  But then I read the ingredient list again and saw something that sucked me in - sun dried tomatoes.  I love sun dried tomatoes.  I like tomatoes in general, but sun dried ones just have this sweet caramelized flavor that changes the whole dish.

I adapted this recipe just a little to make it healthier and to work with what we had at home.  We all really liked it and decided it is a good way to use up some fresh veggies before they go bad, and the whole thing came together in under half an hour.

Creamy One Pot Pasta adapted from The Cooking Nurse, originally from Pampered Chef
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • 2 t olive oil
  • 20 oz low sodium chicken broth + 20 oz water
  • 1 box whole wheat linguine
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 1 bag frozen broccoli cuts (I forgot to buy fresh, but that would be better)
  • 1/2 10 oz jar sun dried tomatoes
  • 1 t Italian seasoning
  • salt & pepper
  • 4 oz fat free cream cheese
  • parmesan cheese & red pepper flakes
In a large heavy pot, heat the olive oil and saute the garlic until it is fragrant.  Remove from the heat and add chicken broth & water.  Bring to a boil, add the pasta and cook to al dente.

Peel the carrots & zucchini, cut into bite sized pieces.  If using fresh broccoli, cut the florets as well.  Pat the tomatoes dry and slice, cube the cream cheese.  Once the pasta cooks, add the remaining ingredients, reduce the heat and stir until the vegetables are cooked through.  Serve topped with grated parmesan cheese & red pepper flakes.


  1. I love your changes, especially the addition of zucchini!

  2. Thanks for sharing your recipe and your tips as well, great help for me as a newbie in the kitchen, just starting ang enjoying cooking.