Creamy Parmesan Primavera
Peppercorn Ranch Primavera Salad
Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain well; keep warm.Advertisement
Meanwhile, in a large skillet cook broccoli and sweet pepper in hot oil over medium-high heat for 5 minutes. Stir in pea pods, carrot and garlic. Cook, covered, for 1 minute more. Remove vegetables from skillet. Set aside vegetables and tomatoes. Prepare desired sauce as directed below.
Creamy-Parmesan Cheese Sauce
Stir the chicken broth and whipping cream into the skillet. Cook and stir mixture until it just comes to a boil. Reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 to 6 minutes or until slightly thickened. Stir in 1/2 cup cheese, ground mustard, salt and black pepper. Cook and stir 1 minute more. Stir in cooked vegetables, pasta and tomatoes, if using. Cook and gently stir until coated. If desired, sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese.
Stir olive oil, wine, lemon zest and lemon juice into skillet. Cook and stir until heated through. Stir in cooked vegetables, pasta and tomatoes, if using. Cook and stir until heated through. Stir in basil, salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Serve immediately, passing grated Parmesan cheese if you like.
Creamy Peppercorn Dressing
Prepare pasta as directed, but rinse with cold water; drain and set aside to cool. Cook vegetables as directed, but remove from heat and set aside to cool. For dressing: In a large bowl whisk together the buttermilk, mayonnaise, sour cream, white wine vinegar, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, cracked black pepper, and onion powder. Fold in cooked pasta and vegetables. Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours. Stir in tomatoes, if using. If necessary, add milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until it reaches desired consistency.
*If you like you may substitute your favorite dried multigrain pasta instead. Feel free to change up the vegetables in the recipe to fit your family’s preferences or to take advantage of your garden bounty. Start cooking firm vegetables (such as green beans or cauliflower) first, and add quick-cooking veggies (such as zucchini or asparagus) at the end.For a more filling meal, add sauteed shrimp or chicken breast.
NA for Creamy Parmesan Cheese Sauce variation
Nutrition analysis per serving: 274 calories, 9 g protein, 27 g carbohydrate, 15 g total fat (8 g sat. fat), 44 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, 3 g total sugar, 23% Vitamin A, 85% Vitamin C, 430 mg sodium, 13% calcium, 9% iron
NA for Lemon Basil Variation
Nutrition analysis per serving: 237 calories, 5 g protein, 26 g carbohydrate, 12 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, 3 g total sugar, 18% Vitamin A, 88% Vitamin C, 211 mg sodium, 4% calcium, 9% iron
NA for Creamy Peppercorn Variation
Nutrition analysis per serving: 254 calories, 6 g protein, 27 g carbohydrate, 14 g total fat (3 g sat. fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, 4 g total sugar, 16% Vitamin A, 85% Vitamin C, 124 mg sodium, 6% calcium, 9% iron