Pasta Dinner Week: Spelt Penne with Broccoli and Feta - Sweet Potato Chronicles - Sweet Potato Chronicles

Pasta Dinner Week: Spelt Penne with Broccoli and Feta

I have yet to meet a kid who doesn't like pasta. In fact, if you know one, or per­haps it's one of your own, please write because I want to find out what the par­ent of this unique child defaults to when all other din­ner options fail. I'd also want to give them a medal. I mean gosh, if I didn't have pasta to fall back on, I'd just plum­met into a din­ner abyss. In less dra­matic terms, that means I'd cry.

Pasta dishes can be a breeze and with all the fresh ingre­di­ents avail­able this time of year, you can make a crazy good dish. The ease of a pasta meal is never more appar­ent for me then when I'm at our cot­tage. Take the day I made this dish. We painted rocks, swam, kayaked, swam, hiked, the whole lot. I didn't want to stop the day's activ­i­ties to make din­ner. In fact, I dilly-dallied by hav­ing a fish­ing con­test with Scar­lett. I just didn't want to go in and cook. When I finally bit the bul­let, it was late and Scar­lett was chim­ing her usual tune, "I'm so hun­gry I can't even wait." so Dad slipped her some apple slices and I went to work.

Spelt Penne with Broc­coli and Feta

10 oz. spelt penne pasta
2 table­spoons of extra vir­gin olive oil, divided
3 cloves gar­lic, finely chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped white onion
2 cups chopped broc­coli
1 red pep­per, finely chopped
1/2 cup crum­bled feta, plus a lit­tle extra for gar­nish
1/2 cup of veg­etable broth
salt and pep­per to taste


Cook pasta accord­ing to direc­tions on package.

Mean­while, put 1 1/2 table­spoons of olive oil in a large skil­let over medium heat. Add gar­lic, onions, pep­pers and broc­coli and cook for 3 to 5 min­utes, or until broc­coli is crisp but cooked. Add stock and feta and cook for 2 to 3 min­utes more. Add cooked and drained pasta with the remain­der 1/2 table­spoon oil as well as salt and pep­per, then toss and gen­tly com­bine. Serve imme­di­ately with a sprin­kling of feta to garnish.

Nor­mally, Scar­lett would help with meal prep, but she was pretty wiped from the day. So she stared from the couch at her favorite scene from Willy Wonka and the Choco­late Fac­tory (the orig­i­nal ver­sion with Gene Wilder, of course) where Vio­let blows up into a blue­berry while I whipped around our tiny kitchen.

I'm not sure if it was the sun, sand or the activ­ity, but she pol­ished off her plate and part of her father's too. She also wanted to eat the dish I'd fan­cied up for the photo here. In other words, my kid devoured this dish. I hope your kids do too. And, if they're the ones who don't like pasta, please write. I'm sure I can get that medal to you somehow.


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