Top-Your-Own Pasta Bar
Easy entertaining with a pasta bar: Choose from fresh roasted vegetables, a hearty Italian sausage meat sauce or a two-cheese Alfredo sauce to top your plate of pasta.
2 pounds uncooked dried penne or radiatore pasta
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 medium green, red and/or yellow bell peppers, cut into 2-inch pieces
3/4 pound asparagus, trimmed, cut into 2-inch pieces
1 large onion, sliced into 1-inch wedges
Hearty Italian Meat Sauce
1/2 pound mild Italian sausage
1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 small (1/4 cup) onion, chopped
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh garlic
1 (16-ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
1 (14.5-ounce) can Italian-style diced tomatoes, undrained
Two Cheese Alfredo Sauce
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon coarse ground pepper
1/3 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Keep warm.
Heat oven to 425°F. Combine olive oil, butter, balsamic vinegar, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper in large roasting pan. Add vegetables; toss to coat. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, stirring once, or until vegetables are tender and begin to brown. Makes 8 (1/2-cup) servings
HEARTY ITALIAN MEAT SAUCE:
Cook Italian sausage in 3-quart saucepan over medium heat until no longer pink. Drain; remove from pan. Set aside.
Melt butter in same saucepan until sizzling; add mushrooms, onion and garlic. Cook over medium heat until onion is softened (4 to 5 minutes). Add cooked sausage, spaghetti sauce and tomatoes to saucepan. Cook until mixture comes to a boil (3 to 4 minutes). Reduce heat to low. Cover; cook for 30 minutes. Makes 8 (1/2-cup) servings
TWO CHEESE ALFREDO SAUCE:
Melt butter in 2-quart saucepan until sizzling; stir in whipping cream, flour, salt and pepper with wire whisk. Cook over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil (4 to 5 minutes). Reduce heat to low; cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add cheeses; stir until smooth with wire whisk. Keep warm. Makes 8 (1/4-cup) servings
Make sauces one day before serving. Reheat on the stove top or in the microwave. To serve, keep warm in slow cooker or fondue pot.
Nutrition Facts (1 serving meat sauce without pasta)
Dietary Fiber: 2g
Recipe #12480©2002Land O'Lakes, Inc.