Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Teeny Tubitini with Veggies


10 years ago I started asking family and friends for recipes. I wanted to create a cookbook with recipes from people who are special to me. You'd be surprised how many people couldn't be bothered. I was very disappointed that despite the letter I mailed many people in my family (distant relatives as well as close ones) I only got a few recipes and those were from the ones that I pestered. Since it was so difficult to get recipes from family, whenever I tasted something I liked, I got in the habit of asking people right then and there to tell me how to make it and I wrote it down. This was one of the first recipes I got my hands on. It was given to me by a neighbor and very close friend of the family, Joanne. I remember the day she made it. I stopped by her house and this is what she was making for lunch. She invited me to join her and her family and I graciously accepted. It was delicious!

Oh, one more thing. I know that canned vegetables are not as good as frozen and for the most part I agree. I can hear you all now, tsk tsk, but listen, in my humble opinion, baby peas in a can have so much more flavor than frozen peas. I prefer Le Sueuer peas and only use these for this dish and also when I make macaroni and peas (recipe to come in the future). The frozen ones just don't work here but be my guest and use whatever you feel comfortable with.


1 large clove garlic, chopped
1 medium onion, diced
olive oil
salt and pepper
Mrs. Dash table blend
1 can of peas
1 cup chicken broth
1 small zucchini
1 package fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/2 lb tubitini or any other small pasta

Saute garlic and onion in oil.

Add zucchini, mushrooms, salt, pepper and Mrs. Dash to pot. Let cook until zucchini is soft.

Add whole can of peas with juice and chicken broth. Let cook for a few minutes until it’s heated through.

In seperate pot cook pasta, drain (leave some water) and combine with vegetables. (shouldn’t have the same amount of liquid as soup but should be wet)


Michele said...

Thanks Maryann! I knew that would happen (especially with my parents who get it in their inbox) so I made sure to say that you have to click on it to see it. No big deal! Glad you like it!!!

Theresa said...

I love pasta mixed with veggies!!

Bob said...

Sounds great, when do we get a picture? ;)

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Love the new look! Love the recipe, too. I also love leseur peas, but I've found the Trader Joe's frozen petite peas work the same way - the taste is similar and they tend to stay a bit firmer, if that matters.

I'm sorry folks didn't get excited about your cookbook project.

Michele said...

BOB! Thank you! No one else told me that i forgot to include the picture!!!! What an idiot I am! lol Coming up...

teresa said...

I just love the song that plays when I get on your blog! This looks SO yummy!

Melissa said...

I know what you mean about the asking recipes from people thing. This dish looks great!

Sophie said...

Super healthy meal! I love canned peas :D, the only canned veggies I don't like are green beans lol.

Claudia said...

First: I have tried for years to get a recipe book together. No lucky. Even sending SASE envelopes didn't help. Even in the age of the internet. Second: pasta with vegetables -delicious, summery and you can mix and match and when fresh is not available - yep, canned can be good.

Joe Ambrosino said...

How interesting to read about Le Sueur canned peas, Michelle.It sounds like we grew up in parallel universes. My mom always used them for her Macoroni and Peas recipe too. I always keep a can on hand (the one labeled "very young small peas")for when I feel the urge for Mom's "Friday night" dish.

Michele said...

Jen - I never saw them in trader joes. I'll have to look for them.

Joe - I thought you were going to give me a hard time about it! How funny!