December is always the busiest month of the year in our house and I'm sure we are not alone on this! There are so many more errands to run (shopping for gifts, wrapping, etc), cooking and baking for holiday parties and gatherings (and in our case a birthday as well), decorating, holiday concerts, Christmas cards (I'm bailing out on that one, just for this year though!) basketball in full swing (two teams means two practices and usually 3 games per week), and this year my dad is recovering from surgery so we've thrown that in the mix as well this year.
The past two weeks have been down right nutty and the meals that I have planned often haven't happened and many of the dinners that have, were made on the fly. With a few good staples in the house, a good dinner is always a few chops and a boiling pot of water away. One night last week Phoebe and I were on our own for dinner and this is what we whipped up- a little pasta primavera, no recipe required.
We gathered up what ever veggies we had on hand, zucchini, carrots, broccoli and garlic.
I heated a large pan over medium heat and sauteed the garlic in a little bit (a teaspoon or two) of olive oil until nice and fragrant. I then added the rest of the veggies, sauteed for a few minutes and then added a splash of chicken broth to steam the veggies in (cover and cook until tender). Meanwhile, I cooked a half of a box (8oz) of pasta until aldente.
When the veggies were fork tender, I added the drained pasta and a chopped tomato. I then stirred in a couple of spoons of jarred pesto and two tablespoons of cream (optional, I had some on hand from all of the baking that's been going on here).
The cream makes it a little richer tasting but not over the top. Just a couple of Tbs is all it takes. It would work just fine without it too. Stir until everything is coated and heated through. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Top with a little grated parm and some crushed red pepper if you like and enjoy! Remember to keep the pantry stocked and veg in the fridge so you're never left with nothing to make.