Thursday, December 12, 2013

Recipe.....Italian Wonderpot!

I recently pinned this recipe to my Oh how I love food board on Pinterest and I couldn't wait to try it!  I followed the modified version by Budget Bytes- she always has amazing recipe ideas for those nights when you are looking for a quick and inexpensive meal.  The original recipe was from Martha Stewart Living Magazine.  If you love pasta, this will knock your socks off!

This dish was super simple and jam-packed full of flavor!  Boiling the pasta in vegetable broth instead of water and letting all the herbs marinate together is genius!  I am a huge fan of this one-pot pasta.

My version of this recipe includes the following modifications.  I used spinach fettuccine from Whole Foods instead of traditional fettuccine for a healthier spin on the recipe.  Instead of the 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes, I combined 14 oz. can of diced tomatoes and a 10 oz. can of hot Rotel to give it a spicy kick :)  I used a blend of Parmesan and red pepper flakes instead of feta cheese since I am not a huge fan of feta.

Italian Wonderpot- Spicy Version



Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time 15 mins
Serves: 6

Ingredients

4 cups vegetable broth
2 Tbsp olive oil
8 oz. spinach fettuccine
3 cups frozen chopped spinach
1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 10 oz. Hot Rotel
1 medium onion chopped
4 cloves garlic chopped
1/2 Tbsp dried basil
1/2 Tbsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes black pepper to taste
Top with Parmesan/red pepper cheese blend

And here are the steps.....

Combine all the ingredients in a large pot.  4 cups of vegetable broth, 2 Tbsp olive oil, the entire 8 oz. box of spinach fettuccine (break the pasta in half to make stirring easier), 3 cups of frozen chopped spinach, your diced tomatoes and Rotel (undrained), chopped onion and garlic, and your spices.

Make sure the liquid is covering over all the ingredients,  cover with a lid, and turn your heat on HIGH.  Bring to a rapid boil.
Remove lid and reduce heat to MEDIUM-HIGH.  Continue cooking for another 10 minutes or so with the lid off while stirring every few minutes to avoid the pasta from sticking but be careful not to over stir as it will make your fettuccine mushy which is a no-no. It is important that the liquid is continuously boiling. 
Once most of the liquid is absorbed, remove from the heat.  Doesn't it look YUMMY!  Transfer to your serving dish and top with the Parmesan/red pepper blend like below :)
And there you have it.  SUPER simple.  MAJOR flavor.  A quick, easy, inexpensive delicious pasta dish.  This version has a kick to it so please follow the Budget Bytes version if you are not a fan of spicy meals.  I LOVE spicy food so I always find a way to modify things to give my dishes that extra kick.  I also always modify ingredients to make my meals as healthy as possible  :-)

Enjoy!

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