Long day? Too tired to cook? We know the feeling. ZestyKits believes being short of time shouldn’t stop you from cooking and enjoying great food. In a few chops you’ve got a showstopper on the table. This dish is filled perfectly cooked rigatoni, tofurkey, roasted peppers, mushrooms and fresh pesto. When you get comforting & kid friendly flavours in minutes, you know you’re onto a winner.
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Setup & cook the vegetables: Rinse and dry all produces. Preheat the oven to 400° F. In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil.
Slice the bell pepper and the mushrooms. Dice the onion.
Cook the vegetables and veggie ground: On a lined baking sheet, place the bell pepper, onion and mushroom. Drizzle with oil and season with salt & pepper. Cook for 10 minutes. Crumble the veggie ground on the vegetables. Cook an additional 5 to 10 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
Cook the pasta: Once the water is boiling, add the pasta, stir, cover and cook 9 to 10 minutes or until desired texture.
Once the pasta is cooked, save pasta water 1/4 cup (2p), 1/2 cup (4p), 3/4 cup (6p) and set aside. Drain the pasta & add back to the pot.
Gluten Friendly: Cook the pasta 8 minutes or until desired texture.
Combine & serve: Add the roasted vegetables, the veggie ground, and the pesto to the pasta. Add about half the pasta water. Combine. Check the sauce consistency and add more pasta water to thin sauce as desired. Serve.
Dr. Herrington's Health Fact
Cutting onions release strong sulfuric compounds that lead most people to tear up. Several tactics to reduce that effect include splashing white vinegar on the cutting board, cutting onions under cold running water, and even chewing gum.
Cooking with Kids
Cooking for kids?
Introduce vegetables slowly to children. When introducing a new vegetable. you can encourage children to help prepare the ingredient and encourage them to taste it at different stages of the preparation. It may take many exposures for a child to learn to like a new flavour or texture.
Making this recipe with kids?
Ask the child to help by completing step 1 & 5:
- Preparation: under supervision you can ask the child to help by cutting vegetables
- Combine & serve
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Note: We cannot guarantee any dish is allergen free.