Kelly's Vegetarian Mediterranean Pasta
This was an experiment that turned out quite yummy, so I'm sharing! I don't have a recipe, per se… I just threw together some things that looked good. You'll have to fiddle with the quantities per your own taste, but here are the ingredients I used & what I did with them:
Box of whole wheat penne pasta
Bunch of fresh asparagus, chopped
Bunch of fresh basil, chopped
Jar of marinated artichokes, sliced/chunked
Green pitted olives, sliced
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt & Pepper
Put pasta on to boil. Sautéed the asparagus with olive oil, garlic, salt, & pepper - til tender but crisp - remove from heat sooner rather than later.
While those two things were happening, I chopped the basil, added it to an 8th (maybe) cup of EVOO, along with the chunked artichokes and sliced olives.
I drained the pasta, added it to the asparagus, then mixed in the EVOO/artichoke/olive combo.
Right before I was about to serve, I added the mozzarella - I didn't want them to melt. I served with garlic bread & everyone was very happy with the results!