My twist at this healthy pasta with broccoli, cauliflower, sweetcorn in bolognese sauce and generous sprinkling of cheese!
300gms Penne pasta (or any other tube pasta e.g. Rigatoni), cooked as per instruction on pack.
350gms Bolognese sauce, I have used ready made shop bought Dolmio sauce, you can use any that is available.
2cups frozen or fresh mixed vegetables - broccoli florets, cauliflower florets, carrot sliced into roundels and sweetcorn
1tbsp dried crushed mixed herbs (oregano, thyme, rosemary, basil,marjoram)
1/2 tsp dry red chilli flakes to add flavour and punch
3cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1tbsp olive oil
salt to taste
Parmesan cheese, grated, qty- to your liking. You can use mozzarella instead or Cheddar, but bear in mind Cheddar can be a bit heavy so use sparingly.
Toss cooked pasta in little bit of olive oil so that they do not stick together and keep aside.
Heat oil in a pan, add chopped garlic, saute for few secs(do not burn them). Add mixed vegetables and dried mixed herb. Continue to cook until they are done but have a bit of crunch in them. Do not overcook!Now add salt, bolognese sauce,chilliflakes and gently toss the vegetables together. Let it simmer gently for a couple of minutes. Now tip in the cooked pasta and once again, gently toss everything and let it heat through. Serve immediately with a generous sprinkling of grated cheese.
Hints & Tips:
I have tried this with grated Cheddar cheese on top and gratinated it under a grill, which turned out delicious too...
If you are using frozen mixed veg, you can de-frost them in a microwave oven to reduce cooking time on the hob. Drain and keep aside.