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VEGETARIAN PASTA SALAD FTW!

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VEGETARIAN PASTA SALAD FTW!

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I STARTED WITH A LITTLE OLIVE OIL AND SOME MINCED GARLIC IN A BIG OL' SKILLET. THEN I SAUTEED IT FOR A COUPLE MINUTES AND DUMPED IN ABOUT A HALF-POUND OF PRE-DICED ORANGE, RED, YELLOW AND GREEN BELL PEPPERS AND LET IT COOK FOR A FEW MINUTES.

THEN I SPRINKLED IN VARIOUS ITALIAN SEASONINGS, ESPECIALLY BASIL, AND POURED IN A 32 OZ CAN OF VEGETABLE BROTH AND A 14.5 OUNCE CAN OF PETITE DICED TOMATOES, INCLUDING THE SWEET, SWEET JUICE THEY WERE PACKED IN. ADD SOME FRESH ITALIAN PARSLEY AND BRING TO A BOIL.

THEN ADD A 16 OZ BAG OF WHOLE WHEAT PASTA (I USED RADIATORE, BUT ROTINI WOULD WORK, TOO) AND LET IT SIT FOR 10 MINUTES OVER A SIMMER, STIRRING EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE. WHILE THE JUICE IS ABSORBED, YOU COULD ADD HALF A BULB OF JICAMA, IF YOU WANT. OR NOT. JICAMA OPTIONAL.

ONCE THE PASTA'S SOAKED UP ALL THE LIQUID, MIX MAYBE 2 OUNCES OF OLIVE OIL AND AN EQUAL MEASURE OF BALSAMIC VINEGAR, ALONG WITH SOME MUSTARD (PREPARED OR DRIED AND GROUND, EITHER WORKS AS AN EMULSIFIER) PLUS SOME TOMATO POWDER, IF YOU CAN FIND IT, AND POUR IT OVER THE PASTA.

ADD PARMESAN FOR FLAVOR AND TO SOAK UP ANY OTHER LIQUID (OR LEAVE IT OUT IF YOU ROLL WITH THE VEGANS), REFRIGERATE, TOSS AND EAT. YUM.

MAKES A METRIC BUTTLOAD OF PASTA SALAD...GOOD FOR PICNICS OR POTLUCKS.

VARIATIONS: IF YOU DON'T LIKE BELL PEPPERS, YOU COULD USE ASPARAGUS. OR ARTICHOKES. OR OTHER VEGETABLES THAT DON'T BEGIN WITH "A." VIDALIA ONIONS COULD BE TASTY. SO COULD SUN DRIED TOMATOES. ADD PESTO! ADD HUNKS OF POLENTA! IF YOU DON'T WANT VEGETARIAN STUFF, YOU COULD USE CHICKEN BROTH AND ADD DICED CHICKEN. OR ADD DICED PEPPERONI.

THIS RECIPE IS INFINITELY VARIABLE! WEAR IT AS A HAT! APPLY IT AS A POULTICE! IT CURES LUPUS! (THESE CLAIMS NOT VERIFIED BY THE FDA, DO NOT USE TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT OR CURE ANY ILLNESS. DO NOT TAUNT VEGETARIAN PASTA SALAD.)
  • GODDAMMIT WHY MUST MY YOU MAKE ME SO HUNGRY

    LOW BLOOD SUGAR IS AFFECTING MY ABILITY TO MAKE SENTENCES

    Edited at 2008-04-06 08:01 pm (UTC)
    • BUT I AM MAKING YOU HUNGRY FOR SOMETHING THAT'S GOOD FOR YOU...SO I'M NOT ENTIRELY EVIL, YOU SEE.
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