Friday, November 12, 2010

Southwestern Pasta Primavera

12 oz. pasta

1 Tbsp. butter
2Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. flour
1 onion, chopped, onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 - 3 zucchini, cut into thick coins
10 stalks asparagus, sliced into 1-inch pieces
1 carrot, grated
1 can pinto beans, drained (other beans works too, kidney, white, whatever)
1 can tomatoes, drained
1 (4 oz.) can green chilies
1 oz. asiago cheese, grated
1/2 tsp. taco seasoning
1 c. half-an-half or milk
1/2 c. chicken broth (or imitation)

Cheddar cheese, sliced green onions, sour cream

Cook pasta according to package directions. Darin and set aside.

Meanwhile in a large skillet sauce the onion and garlic in olive oil and butter until onion is tender. Add the carrot, zucchini, and asparagus and saute until vegetables is crisp/tender. Add the flour and cook 2 minutes, stirring. Add the beans, tomatoes, chilies, half-an-half, and broth. Cook, stirring, until thickened. Stir in the taco seasoning and asiago cheese.

Fold in the cooked pasta. Serve topped with grated cheddar, sliced onions, and sour cream if desired.

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