Pasta is an old standby in my home. This recipe is easy to prepare and can be very elegant in appearance depending on what vegetables are used. Once the vegetables are prepared, it is very easy to customize this recipe to whoever is eating it. Have all of the vegetables cut, prepared and ready for use. You can allow your guest to select the ingredients they prefer in their dish. Cooking this way, it is easy to prepare food for a number of people in a short time, each dish a little different than the other.
1 lb. mostaciolli pasta cooked al dente
1 head fresh broccoli, chopped into bite sized pieces
Sliced peppers (combination of red, green and yellow for color)
French cut zucchini
French cut asparagus
French cut yellow squash
Sliced black olives
Chopped parsley for garnish
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Prepare the pasta while cutting the vegetables.
Heat a large skillet or wok and add a little olive oil and garlic to taste. Toss in about a cup of pasta and stir fry for about 1 minute. Add the vegetables of choice and about 1/4 cup of the marinara sauce. Continue stirring (about 1 minute) until thoroughly heated and serve on a plate. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve with grated cheese at the table.