One of my wife’s favorite meals is pasta ortolano and one of our favorite places to eat in Austin, Texas is Mandola’s Italian Market. We’ve enjoyed many delicious meals there with our good friends Susan and Joe (we miss you guys). The other day my wife was longing for her favorite Mandola’s dish “Spaghettini Ortolano” so she decided to make her own version. And it was delicious. There’s a bit of chopping but this is a simple recipe. And you can vary the veggies to your own preferences.
What you’ll need:
6 oz brown rice spaghetti
½ onion – chopped
1 large garlic clove – chopped
7 Asparagus spears – cut in pieces
3 Mushrooms cut in pieces
¼ Zucchini cut into pieces
2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and cut into pieces
¼ cup frozen peas
¼ cup chicken broth
Baby spinach – a handful or as much as you want
Pine nuts, toasted
You can prepare the veggies while waiting for the pasta water to come to a boil.
After you’ve put the pasta into the boiling water, begin sautéing veggies in the order listed above,
adding each next veggie after about one minute of cooking time.
After adding the peas cover and cook about 3 minutes,
then add broth and continue to cook while you are waiting for the pasta to finish cooking. If you are using brown rice pasta, it will take about 18 minutes for the pasta to cook. If you are using regular pasta, then you might need to keep the pasta warm until the veggies are cooked. You want your veggies and the pasta to be al dente.
Add the cooked pasta to the pan with the veggies and then stir in the fresh spinach.
Top each serving with pine nuts and Parmesan cheese.