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Pasta Primavera with Sun Dried Tomatoes
The broth left over after simmering the vegetables makes a flavorful base for a delicious sauce.
Cook the pasta al dente; drain and rinse
Bring broth to simmer in a medium saucepan. Rinse the mushrooms under cold water and add, along with the sun-dried tomatoes, to the broth; simmer until tender, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the mushrooms and tomatoes to a plate to cool.
Add carrots and peas to broth and cook until crisp tender, about 3-4 minutes. Using slotted spoon remove veggies to a plate; reserve broth.
Slice the tomatoes and mushrooms.
Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until tender and golden, about 8 minutes. Add bell pepper and garlic and sauté an additional 4 minutes. Add in the remaining cooked veggies, combine well and remove from heat.
Add the cream to the reserved broth and heat over low fire. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan and whisk in the flour until smooth and free of lumps. Spoon the butter and flour roux into the broth and cream mixture to thicken (adding the roux a spoonful at a time allows you to thicken the sauce to your liking). Season with salt, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes if desired.
Return the skillet of veggies to low heat, add the pasta and toss well until heated through. Add the sauce and Parmesan cheese and toss to coat.
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