Creamy Veggie Pasta Skillet

Creamy Veggie Pasta Skillet - A hearty vegetarian meal that comes together in one skillet. Creamy pasta loaded with carrots, broccoli and peas. | foxeslovelemons.com

Fun fact about me: when I was a kid, it seemed like I won nearly every contest or drawing I entered. I had the best luck! Random drawings? I won them. Coloring contests in the newspaper? I rocked those Crayolas. Reading contests? I read the most books. Contests to sell the most boxes of Girl Scout cookies? I went straight to the rich people’s houses in the neighborhood.

I even won “guess how many ____ are in this ___” contests. I distinctly remember the movie theater having a contest to guess how many gum balls or something were in a big jar. I guessed closest, and thus received an Adult XL size “Honey I Blew Up The Kid” t-shirt. Perfect for a nine-year-old girl, yes?

Creamy Veggie Pasta Skillet - A hearty vegetarian meal that comes together in one skillet. Creamy pasta loaded with carrots, broccoli and peas. | foxeslovelemons.com

I must have worn out my luck as a child, because I don’t win any random drawings anymore. But luckily, I’ve been able to take my cooking skills and win some skills contests with them. I received the beautiful Le Creuset cast iron skillet pictured in these photos for winning a Whole Foods Market recipe contest. Every time I use the skillet, a huge sense of pride washes over me. I won this beautiful skillet! It wasn’t a random drawing, I won because people thought I created a great recipe.

What better way to show my skillet some love than create a meal cooked entirely in it? I must confess that I rarely make one-pot meals, but I’m pretty proud of this Creamy Veggie Pasta Skillet. It’s full of veggies like broccoli, carrots and peas, and nice and filling thanks to whole wheat pasta. A creamy marinara sauce pulls everything together in this simple and healthy one-pot dinner!

Creamy Veggie Pasta Skillet - A hearty vegetarian meal that comes together in one skillet. Creamy pasta loaded with carrots, broccoli and peas. | foxeslovelemons.com

Creamy Veggie Pasta Skillet

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 large bunch broccoli, finely chopped
  • 2 medium shallots, minced
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) marinara sauce
  • 8 ounces whole wheat spiral pasta
  • 2-1/2 cups water, plus additional if needed
  • 1/2 cup frozen green peas
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for serving

Directions:

  1. In large high-sided skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add broccoli and cook 4 to 6 minutes or until tender-crisp, stirring occasionally. Add shallots, carrots and salt; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer vegetables to bowl; set aside.
  2. Add marinara, pasta and water to skillet; heat to boiling over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium; cook 15 to 17 minutes or until pasta is tender, adding more water by 1/4-cupfuls if necessary, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in peas, half-and-half, red pepper flakes and reserved vegetables; cook 1 minute or until vegetables are heated through. Serve pasta garnished with Parmesan cheese and parsley.

This recipe originally appeared here on the Naturebox blog.

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