Too funny. Helluva welcome back. Oh, Sharley, it was "Shelley" back then or maybe you were MichelleBloom, but signed your posts Shelley. We weren't regular pen pals, but I remember your name floating around.
So last night my oldest daughter was home. She is a recent vegetarian convert, so when she's home we do meatless. Fine for me, since that drops the cholesterol immediately, but my husband prefers rich foods. This was a last minute meal since her shift at work got cancelled and she decided to invite her friend over to have a Bones marathon on TV. (It's kind of a "thing"...we save them up and make a night of it) So, I stopped at the store, hopped in that obnoxious motorized cart since my foot was killing me by then, and off to the produce section I went. VRooooooM
I knew I had a container of low fat ricotta in the fridge from last veggie night that got cancelled (she got called IN to work) I always have Parmesan and ww pasta in the house. I grabbed every vegetable that looked yummy. Asparagus, red and orange pepper, mushrooms, snap peas, yellow and green squash, lemons. 8-10 C of veggies easy.
That'll do. Lemony Creamy Pasta Primavera
See above veggies or any springy type...peas and artichoke hearts would be great here too.
Cut them all to about the same size strips.
Heat a large saute pan with a bit of olive oil
Toss in the longer cooking veg like peppers and the asparagus bottoms.
Add crushed garlic, s&p, basil, parsley, oregano...red pepper flake if you want kick
Heat a pot of water to boil for your pasta
Add the other veggies to your pan, toss to coat add olive oil if needed. Squeeze on the juice of 1-2 lemons
Cook pasta ...you know what amounts you eat, so be your own judge. 8 oz for 4 people is typical for SB I do 16, but tend to pick out veggies while the fam loads up on the pasta
Once the pasta is cooked add a ladle and a 1/2 of pasta water to the veggies, 8 oz lf ricotta and mix in
Serve veggies over the pasta and finish with Parmesan ****Oh, if you're not eating pasta, swap out the squash for artichoke hearts and use the squash instead shaved (like with a veggie peeler) and steamed as your pasta. I either do that or just a bed of spinach when I'm skipping the starches