Spring has finally arrived in Germany! The sun is shinning and it’s a “warm” 67 degrees outside while I write this in shorts and a tank top. Just. So. Happy. It wasn’t until right before lunch today, when I stepped outside that I realized just how beautiful it was. So off on the bike I went. About 2 hours into the ride I realized a few things: 1. I had skipped lunch. 2. I didn’t bring anything with me. 3. I hadn’t gone to the grocery store. (I usually eat leftover dinner but we went out last night). Hmmm….. So, on my way back I started taking inventory of what I had around since I do not stock much in out tiny little German kitchen. It didn’t take long for me to figure it out. I still had some asparagus, fresh basil plant, tomato, spring onions, garlic, red chili peppers and some parmesan…. ANd just like that, I had a real meal to help me recover after a 3 hour bike ride!
The key to making this meal in about 15 minutes is to once again, multi-task it. When the water is heating to boil, chop the vegetables. When the pasta is cooking, start sautéeing the vegetables.
I like to cook the “heartier” vegetables first because I personally like my garlic and tomatoes to be *just cooked before tossing with the pasta.
By this time the pasta is draining and you are flash cooking the tomatoes and garlic. After a minute or so, toss in the pasta, grate the parmesan and you have a healthy, fast and awesome real meal for recovery with a spring veggie pasta!
Spring Veggie Pasta
- 6 asparagus spears
- 1 small tomato
- 3 spring onions
- 1 red chili pepper
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
- 2 ounces dry egg noodles
- Bring the water to boil. While that's happening start chopping the vegetables.
- Once the pasta is boiling, start sauteeing the vegetables. Starting with the asparagus, spring onions and red chili pepper. After about 5 minutes, the pasta should be al dente and vegetables are slightly tender. Drain the pasta and then throw in the tomatoes and garlic for about a minute.
- Toss in the pasta to coat and grate the parmesan in if need be and finish with some fresh chopped basil.
- *** Remember to season the food with each layer of cooking.
High Fiber, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added