Garden Veggie Pasta in a Creamy Vodka Sauce

Garden Veggies and Pasta in a Creamy Vodka Sauce with Italian Grilled Chicken


1. 1 pound pasta (linguine, spirals or rigatoni) (If you are serious about healthy, use sweet zucchini or sweet potato spiraled into pasta!)
1 bunch thinly sliced kale (remove woody stems, leaving only the leaves cut thinly)

2. 1 bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
2 medium zucchini, cut into 1/4 pieces
1 pound summer squash, sliced into 1/4-inch pieces

3.1 tablespoon finely chopped thyme
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil

4. 2 1/2 teaspoons (or two to three good splashes)  lemon juice
1-2 jars of Vodka sauce (any marinara/spaghetti type sauce will work)
Salt & pepper to taste

5.1/2-1 cup chopped tomatoes
Freshly grated parmesan cheese

1. While water is heating for the pasta, blanch the kale.  If you want to make life even easier, can throw the kale into the pot of water you boil for the pasta. Just add extra water, and make this a one pot recipe!

2. When the water boils, salt it, add pasta and summer squash and zucchini (if kale is in a separate pot, add to it.) Cook until tender but slightly firm. (Think Al Dente.) Drain pasta, (if separate) and then add it to the veggie pot, and continue cooking at a medium high.

4. Add herbs,  and Vodka sauce. Drain using a colander. Return to pot. Add salt and pepper, and lemon juice to veggie and pasta mixture. Add vodka sauce, stirring thoroughly. Bring to a soft boil, then simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently and being careful not to burn sauce.

5. Remove from heat, stir pasta and sauce. Add diced tomatoes, and stir lightly. Top with a sprinkle of  grated cheese.  This works wonderful with Italian Grilled Chicken!

Enjoy!                               Psalm 62:8 

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This recipe created by Tisha Johnson Matthews, of Sweet Basil Farm & Gardens. Special thanks to J. David Matthews, of Barnesville, Georgia for support and patience with all that I try and test. To see the original recipe, or to find more healthy and delicious recipes, subscribe to our blog and follow us on Social Media.

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