Pasta with Veggies

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving…in order to balance all what we ate during the holidays I am making a pasta dish with veggies…this recipe is very simple and yet savory with lots of different veggies which makes the pasta pretty appetizing for the eyes as well.


2 ~3 carrots, shredded
2 zucchini, shredded
1/3 cup frozen peas
2~3 garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoon butter
Sal and pepper to taste
Bow tie pasta


Cook the pasta as you desire, add the pea as the pasta are about to be ready, so they will be cooked at the same time.

In the meantime, sautee the garlic in the butter, once the garlic start to brown, add the shredded carrot and zucchini, and the artichoke hearts. Add salt and pepper to taste, continue cooking without over cooking it.

Strain the pasta with the green peas and add to the veggie mixture.

Serve hot by topping it with your favorite cheese.

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Israeli Couscous

This is a totally cool vegetarian dish that looks great and taste even better. It is a great side dish for all kind of meat, chicken and fish. The Israeli couscous has a distinctive “chewy” texture.


2/3 cup of Israeli couscous
1 medium size carrot, chopped in small size
1/3 cup frozen green peas
1 medium size zucchini, chopped in small size
2 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste


In a small pot add 2/3 cup of boiling water to Israeli couscous and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Let it simmer until all the water is dry.

In another pot boil the carrot and the frozen peas for 2-3 minutes. Drain and reserve. In the same pot heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and add the zucchini, the carrot and the green peas.

Stir fry for 2 minutes and mix the cooked Israeli couscous and stir gently.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Did you know that Israeli couscous is also called as Ptitim or Ben-Gurion’s Rice? It is a wheat-based baked pasta resembling rice.
Israeli couscous received the name Ben-Gurion because during the Austerity period in Israel, rice was scarce, and in order to provide the need of the population, whose diet was mainly made of rice. The prime minister, David Ben-Gurion asked the largest food company in Israel, Osem, to come up with a wheat-based substitute to the rice. Therefore Osem came up with ptitim, which is made of hard wheat flour and roasted in an oven. Like pasta, ptitim can be used in many type of dishes in both cold and hot.

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