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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Gemelli Verdure

Gemelli Verdue
This is a spoof of my Sauteed Veggie dish. It can be made as the main dish or use the veggies to make an awesome "leftover" dish. The only extra ingredients I used were heavy cream,condensed Knorr Chicken Broth square (not Cubes), Black Olives and no Peppers. This dish is a wonderful dish to serve the In-laws. They will really think you cooked all day. That is not the case! The veggie portion can be made the day before, put in the fridge and reheated the day you want to serve the pasta dish. No one will ever know! I hope you like this very healthy dish!! (made with or without the heavy cream) Enjoy!!


1 Leek stalk cleaned and cut into circle pieces
1 Sweet onion cut into thin long slices
3 small Carrots peeled and diced
2 Scallion stalks cleaned diced
3 whole cloves of garlic
1/2 can of Small Black Pitted olives diced
A Large Handful of Chopped Flat Leaf Parsley
Salt and Cracked Pepper to season
2 Knorr Condensed Chicken Broth Squares (not the hard Cubes)
2 Cups of water
1 Cup Heavy Cream (Optional but I did use it in the above recipe)
3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
1-2 Cups of Salted Pasta water (After pasta is cooked)
2 Tablespoons of Diced fresh Basil
1 Handful of Parmesan Cheese
1 Tablespoon of hot pepper (optional)


Heat oil in a non-stick frying pan on medium heat until ready. Add the onions, carrots, scallions,leeks garlic, salt & pepper and parsley into the pan and saute until translucent and soft. Add olives and mix for 3 minutes. Add water and condensed Knorr Squares. Let simmer for 10 minutes and then add Heavy Cream. Add a bit more salt and Pepper and then let simmer on very low heat.
Start to boil water for 1 pound of Gemelli pasta. Once Pasta is boiling add salt to correctly salt water. I actually taste the water to make sure it can be used to add to pasta. Add pasta and cook until al dente. (semi-hard NOT Mushy). Then you are going to strain pasta into a serving bowl so that you can reserve the water. Add Veggie mixture to the bowl and toss. Then add the salted pasta water to your pasta and veggies with a soup ladle. If you like it more soupy then you should add more water, if you like it more dense then add less. Garnish with diced Fresh basil and Parmesan cheese if you want too!! I also add a bit of hot pepper!! Some like it Hot! Enjoy!!!!

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