Recipe: Vegetable Fettuccine (Shrimp Optional)

This is one of our favorite garden recipes and is great for entertaining and showing off your fresh-picked stuff.  

Ingredients:

  • 2 Carrots, sliced very thin
  • 2 small Zucchini, sliced very thin
  • 2 cups Broccoli, cut into small flowerets with stems sliced thin or in chips
  • 1 cup Mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cups fresh Snow Pea Pods
  • ½ pint Cherry Tomatoes, hulled and cut in half
  • 1-2 cups of pre-cooked, deveined thawed frozen Shrimp
  • A few sprigs of fresh Basil
  • 1 pound uncooked Fettuccine Noodles (gluten free if that is what you need)
  • Celtic Sea Salt
  • ½ cup organic Cream (NOT ultra-pasteurized)
  • ¾ to 1 cup Parmesan Cheese, freshly grated (additional for garnish)
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbls fresh Parsley, chopped
  • 2 Tbls Organic Butter
  • 2 Tbls Olive Oil
  • Freshly ground Pepper

Precook the pasta in salted boiling water until tender but still firm.

While the noodles are cooking, heat the cream and butter over low heat in a  1-quart saucepan. Add the cheese, slowly stirring until melted.

In a 10-inch frying pan sauté the garlic in the olive oil first then add the mushrooms for a couple of minutes then add in the carrots and broccoli and cook for 2 more minutes. Add in the basil and pea pods. Cook for 1 more minute—you want these to be crisp. Add the tomatoes last—just before combining with the noodles and sauce. Season with Salt and Pepper.

Drain the Noodles then in a large serving bowl, toss the noodles with the cream and cheese mixture, top with the vegetable mixture and serve at once. Pass around extra cheese and a pepper mill.

Makes 4 main-course servings.

Notes:

  • Be sure the vegetables are firm.
  • Shrimp–make sure it has not been preserved with metabisulfites—check the bag for ingredients.
  • I’ve used Romano cheese instead of Parmesan but it isn’t as good. I’ve also used Parmesan from the container and it tastes almost as good as freshly ground.
  • This recipe is also great with fresh asparagus or some fresh corn kernels tossed in.