Simple Pasta Primavera

Some of the first dishes I learned to cook with any amount of efficiency were simple stir frys (or is it stir fries? Whatever). I still stir fry a lot, and this pasta primavera is a sort of a reflection of that habit. While it’s not exactly a stir fry in the traditional sense (ie. not in a wok, and doesn’t involve as much stirring), it’s similar. A primavera is an Italian pasta dish that focuses on fresh vegetables and aromatic herbs. I used fresh thyme for this one, which is fairly predictable, seeming as a I put fresh thyme in nearly everything. Note to self: grow thyme this spring.

I like this dish, because it’s tasty and simple. And because noodles are one of my big comfort foods. The photo looks a little blah (I probably should have used red bell peppers for some more colour), but the flavours are good!

Ingredients:
Whole wheat spaghetti, cooked, enough for 1 or 2
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 shallot, sliced (or 1/4 cup diced onion)
1 or 2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup green, yellow, and/or red bell pepper, diced
1 medium-sized potato, peeled and diced (I used a Yukon Gold)
1/2 tomato, diced
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, minced (alternatively use 1 teaspoon dried thyme)
2 tablespoons white wine
Water
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
Chopped fresh parsley, to taste (optional)

Instructions:

1. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Drain and set cooked pasta aside.
2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots and garlic, sauté for 3 or 4 minutes, stirring often.
3. Add the bell peppers and potato, cover skillet with a lid and cook for about 6 to 8 minutes. Lift the lid to stir every minute or so.
4. Add the tomato, a good pinch of salt and pepper, fresh thyme, white wine, and a tablespoon of water. Cover again and let cook for another minute or so, until the diced potatoes are fork tender and cooked through.
5. Add the lemon juice and season to taste with more salt and pepper, if needed. Toss in the pasta and optional parsley and mix well before serving. Garnish with a little more fresh parsley.
Serves: 1 or 2.

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