Almost Veggie Pasta

In the last few days, I’ve been on the internet looking up how to make vegetables more interesting. If you know me, you know that I HATE vegetables. I can only tolerate eating them if they are soft and mixed with rice or something. But since starting my mission towards a healthier life, I’ve got to eat them.  So, I’ve been looking for way to make them appealing. During my search I found the answer: A Paderno World Cuisine Vegetable Spiral Slicer. LOVE IT!

Image and video hosting by TinyPicThe veggies are so pretty now lol

Anyway, so I took it out of the box last night and decided to make Veggie Pasta with a creamy sauce. As I was making dinner, my fiancée saw all the vegetables and immediately insisted that I add meat. His argument? “I’m 6’3 and 285. I need real people food!” lol I can’t really argue with that. So, I added the chicken sausage. But you can easily make this without the meat to have it totally veggie.

Makes 6 servings-

3 medium Zucchini
1 large yellow Squash
1 Tomato
1 handful (about a cup) of Fresh Basil Leaves
1 cup chopped Onion
1 Hillshire Farm Hardwood Smoked Chicken Sausage (optional)
1/2 Red Pepper
1/2 Green Pepper
1/2 Philadelphia Cream Cheese (8oz Block)
1/2 Milk (I used 2% lactaid)
*Can’t believe it’s not butter was used to grease the pan1. Spiral the zucchini and squash. If you don’t have one, you can cut into thin strips. Soak in hot water for 5 minutes. (They were in my fridge so I did this to take the chill out and to make them a little softer)

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2. While the “pasta” is soaking, cut up your meat. I diced them into cubes. Cut in half long-ways, cut those halves again, and then cut the opposite direction for cubes.
3. In a skillet, cook your meat on medium. You may season as necessary. I used crushed red pepper, thyme, and black pepper.
4. While the meat is cooking, dice/chop up the vegetables and basil.

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5. Add to the meat and stir occasionally.

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6. Once the meat has thoroughly cooked, add in the cream cheese and milk. Bring stove to medium-low and stir frequently. Make sure the cream cheese has fully melted. Your sauce should now be creamy and thick. If you want a lighter consistency, add a little more milk or water.

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7. Drain your “pasta” and serve with the hot creamy sauce.

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Hope you enjoy!

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