Vegetable and Edamame Pasta with Basil Cream Sauce

Edamame basil cream pasta

Oh my goodness, I think I may have just found my favorite new recipe! Every so often, people I know who know I enjoy cooking share recipes with me. A few weeks ago, my sister-in-law made this pasta from Oh She Glows then sent the recipe my way. It has been sitting in my email inbox until today when I decided to give it a try. The recipe came together quickly, which made for a great weeknight dinner. Quite possibly Joel's favorite part was the fact that absolutely no butter or cream went into making this sauce. Despite the title, it is actually an avocado that gives the sauce a creamy texture. This pasta was about as guilt-free as you can get! I am very much looking forward to lunch tomorrow when I can eat the leftovers. This dish is good eaten warm or cold, so I can see this becoming a staple in the summer, when (or if…) the garden is producing plenty of tomatoes, zucchini, and basil!

For the Pasta:
300 grams Rotini or Penne Pasta
1-2 teaspoons Olive Oil
1 cup Onion, chopped
3 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 Orange Bell Pepper, chopped
1 Yellow Bell Pepper, chopped
1 Zucchini, chopped
2 Tomatoes, roughly chopped (I used only 1 since they are still mealy this time of year)
1 cup Edamame

Cook the pasta according to package directions; drain and set aside. In a large skillet, sauté the onion and garlic in the olive oil for about 5 minutes on medium heat. Add in both peppers, zucchini, and edamame. Saute for an additional 10 minutes, reducing heat as needed.  Add the tomatoes and cook for about 5 more minutes, until tender. Add the drained pasta to the vegetables and pour on the basil cream sauce (recipe below). Toss until combined. Season with additional salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste (mine didn't need any). Garnish with a basil leaf. Serve warm or cold. Makes 4-6 servings.

For the Sauce:
1 cup Fresh Basil, packed
1 Avocado
1/4 cup Fresh Lemon Juice
2 tablespoons Water
2 tablespoons Olive Oil 
Salt, to taste
Black Pepper, to taste
Red Pepper Flakes, to taste

Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Combine until smooth.