Monday, December 19, 2011

Festive Garlic Butter Pasta {Vegetarian}: This Week's Cravings {Christmas Dinner}

Day 353.

Today's This Week's Cravings theme is Christmas Dinners and Food Traditions. In our family, our traditional Christmas dinner is Meaty Vegetarian Lasagna. We started the tradition with cheese lasagna when we were pre-teens and my sister and I both became vegetarians. Our awesome mother allowed us both to take the vegetarian option once we were old enough to understand how to properly alter our protein intake without resorting to a diet of bread and cheese. I've known a few bread-and-cheeseatarians in my day and it's probably not a healthy way to live. My kids happen to love lasagna, but it can be a little dicey for young toddlers. So I've created this festive garlic butter pasta to serve to the youngest tikes a little more easily than some of the other holiday selections. Having something simple for the kids is also great back-up plan in case they're not fond of the other main dishes. This way they don't end up eating a meal entirely comprised of pie and pumpkin bread.

Festive Garlic Butter Pasta
Ingredients for 4 servings
  • 1/2 pound macaroni noodles
  • 3 carrots, peeled into strips
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese or Parmesan cheese substitute
Boil pasta according to package directions, adding carrots to the boiling water with about 5 minutes left (I peeled these with a vegetable peeler to achieve the thin strips, you could grate them  or slice them if preferred).

Saute garlic and onion with a bit of olive oil for about 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent. Add butter, stirring until melted. Stir in basil and heat through until wilted.

Drain pasta and carrots. Return pasta and carrots to pot and toss in garlic butter sauce. Add Parmesan cheese, toss and serve.

The Results
Incredibly simple and delicious for all ages. I've been suffering from a sore throat (yes, AGAIN) so this was a great simple dish for me and the kids went crazy for it.

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      1. We don't have kids but I can imagine it's challenging with little ones to find foods they'll eat or that are easy to eat. We haven't done anything in our family with respect to Christmas dinner traditions so I have nothing to share but i'll go get some ideas from some of these lovely links!

      2. Thanks for linking up to It's A Keeper

      3. Hi Kristi,
        I would just love your Pasta recipe, I really like it prepared that way. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. I am wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!
        Come Back Soon,
        Miz Helen