NZ Woman's Weekly

Roasted vegetable pasta

Roasted vegetable pasta
  • Meal Type

    Pasta
  • Total time

    30 minutes
  • Servings

    4
  • Courses

    Dinner

Ready in 30 minutes, serves 4.

We all love roasted Italian vegetables when dining out, but so often do not prepare them at home. It’s a pity, as the roasted veges in this pasta dish are as appealing as any alternative expensive protein addition – try it and see.

  • 6 courgettes, cut into sticks
  • 3 red capsicums, seeded and cut into strips
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely sliced
  • 2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary or thyme (optional)
  • 300g pasta shells
  • 3 tbsp lite crème fraîche
  • 2 tsp wholeseed mustard
  • 1 tsp lemon juice or 1 tsp balsamic vinegar (optional)
  • 85g cheddar cheese, grated

1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC fan bake.

2. Place the courgettes and capsicums on a baking tray and drizzle with olive oil. Top with garlic, a sprinkling of garlic salt and fresh rosemary or thyme. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes.

3. While the veges are roasting, cook the pasta shells in a large pot according to the packet directions.

4. Drain the pasta and put it back into the pot. Add crème fraîche, mustard and the roasted veges with their oil and crunchy herbs. Add a little acidity (lemon juice or balsamic vinegar) if desired. Gently mix.

5. Stir through the cheese and serve.

Cook’s tips:

  • This pasta dish is a great way to clean out the fridge – add a spoonful of olives, a few capers, or perhaps that last sad-looking tomato from the fridge shelf.
  • Use up crumbled feta cheese remains or even bits of blue cheese, as well as cheddar.
  • Add leftover lite crème fraîche to freshly shucked corn to create your own delicious creamed corn – or use it on tomorrow night’s saute of mushrooms. It also makes an instant dessert cream – just add passionfruit syrup and a spoonful of lemon curd or marmalade.

About Annabelle White

Annabelle was born and raised in New Zealand and while she does not have formal chef’s training her love of “great honest cooking” came from watching her mother cook every day after school.

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Oct-27-2014-issue

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