Eldorado Style Pasta Primavera
Great dish, choice your meat and get cooking!
  1. 1/2 c fresh basil leaves
  2. 1 Tbsp fresh oregano leaves or 1 Tsp dried
  3. 2 cloves garlic, mashed and chopped fine
  4. 1 sm. zucchini, diced
  5. 1/2 med green pepper, diced
  6. 1 med onion, diced
  7. 1 c sliced mushrooms
  8. 2 tbsp finely chopped parsley
  9. 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  10. 2 tbsp oil
  11. 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  12. 1 Tbsp dry red wine or 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  13. 2 Tbsp parmesan cheese
  14. 1 large can diced tomatoes, drained, reserve the liquid
  15. 1 reg. size can crushed tomatoes
  16. 1 choice of meat* optional (1/2 lb)
  17. 1 pkg. fresh pasta (3/4 lb.)
  1. Chop basil leaves into thin ribbons, then cut crosswise, chop oregano leaves finely. Put oil into a heavy pot or frying pan (big enough to make the sauce in).
  2. 2. Add all the herbs and veggies and sauté. (Wonderful aroma) Add the pinch of pepper flakes, lemon juice and vinegar or wine, if using that.
  3. 3. Stir in the meat, stir until cooked. Add the tomato chunks and crushed tomatoes. Stir in some of the reserved
  4. liquid, if it is too thick. Heat though and stir in the cheese
  5. 4. Serve over hot fresh pasta (fettucini) or cooked spaghetti noodles.
  6. Pass the parmesan and the pepper mill.
  1. *MEAT SUGGESTIONS: Chopped chicken breast, ground beef, shrimp, salmon, Italian sausage.
  2. Fresh basil is the secret ingredient and is fabulous in this dish
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