Saturday, September 10, 2011

PostHeaderIcon Jenn: Pasta Giardiniera

Last week the kiddies and I headed in to NYC to see the Harry Potter exhibit before it closed.  We chose   Carmines for lunch afterward - and although we didn't order the Pasta  Giardiniera off the menu - we were inspired enough to try to make it at home - delicious!  A new family favorite and simple to make.

1/4 cup olive oil
1 small onion, sliced
2 tablespoons fresh chopped garlic

1 cup finely diced zucchini
1 cup cremini mushrooms, sliced
4 slices prosciutto, chopped
4 fresh basil leaves sliced
1 tablespoons chopped flat parsley
2 cups marinara sauce
1 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup grated Romano cheese
1/2 cup fresh or thawed peas
salt & pepper
1/4 head of broccoli, florets only

In a large saute pan heat olive oil, ad garlic and onions for 2 - 3  minutes or until onions are golden brown.  Add mushrooms, zucchini, prosciutto. basil and parsley.  Cook on high for 3 - 4 minutes until veggies start to soften. Add marinara sauce, chicken stock and heavy cream and bring to a boil.  Stir in 1/2 cup of cheese and the peas - season with salt and pepper.  Boil water for pasta - steam the broccoli in pasta water - remove broccoli and add to sauce,  Cook pasta and cover with sauce and serve with remaining 1/2 cup Romano cheese.

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