Athenian Pasta Primavera
(from armbean’s recipe box)
- 2 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
- 1 medium zucchini, trimmed, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- Freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 1 pound whole-wheat penne
- 1 1/2 cups baby peas, (if frozen, rinse under warm water and drain)
- 1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves, chopped
- 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese, (4 ounces)
Put a large pot of water on to boil.
Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is beginning to brown, 3 to 5 minutes.
Add bell pepper and zucchini to the onion. Cook, stirring, until the vegetables are just beginning to soften, 3 minutes. Stir in garlic and continue cooking until fragrant, 1 minute more. Stir in wine and pepper; simmer until most of the wine has evaporated, 1 to 2 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook penne in the boiling water according to the package directions, until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid. Return the pasta to the pot.
Stir the reserved cooking liquid and the vegetables into the pasta along with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, peas, mint and feta.