Spring Vegetable Medley Penne Pasta with Lemon-Cream Sauce Recipe

f56e3e3d4d35961f8cff3140470e06aeSpring is almost here & with that wonderful time of year, there’s an array of seasonal vegetables at hand to prepare in whatever way to suite your pallet. This creation has room for some creative interpretation. For an even healthier choice you can substitute the pasta for wheat pasta. And for a little extra protein – you can add chicken or shrimp which works  You can throw in any kind of vegetable you like and make it your own.  We actually tried this recipe several times & my family gave me two thumbs up! Oh and if you live in North Georgia – make it a point to Share your favorite Spring recipe below.

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 cup chopped Vidalia or other sweet onion
1 (4-ounce) package presliced mushrooms
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup half-and-half
3/4 cup frozen green peas
3 tablespoons shaved Parmesan cheese, divided
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
8 ounces uncooked penne or wheat penne pasta
1 pound (1-inch) diagonally cut asparagus or snow peas or even brocolli

1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add onion and mushrooms; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Add thyme and garlic; sauté 1 minute. Sprinkle mushroom mixture evenly with flour; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Stir in broth and half-and-half; cook 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Add peas, 2 tablespoons cheese, rind, and next 3 ingredients (through pepper); cook 1 minute or until peas are thoroughly heated.

2. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. During the last 3 minutes of cooking, add asparagus to pan; drain. Add pasta mixture to mushroom mixture; toss gently to coat. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon cheese.

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