This dish will have you wanting seconds and thirds. It has the perfect infusion of garlic, beautifully paired with green veggies and has just the right amount of creamy. You’ll be in love with this dish in no time. It is also packed with healthy greens and the “super-spice,” turmeric. Easy, delicious, and oh so good!
Garlic Cheddar Ziti Pasta with Summer Veggies
1 pound dry organic ziti pasta
2 TBSP organic butter or safflower oil
4 cloves garlic
1 pint organic heavy cream*
1 cup organic chicken broth
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste
2 TBSP flour
1 medium organic zucchini, sliced*
2 cups organic baby spinach, roughly cut
1/2 TBSP organic turmeric
1 can (14 oz) artichoke hearts in water
1 organic chicken breast, sliced and cooked
In a large pot, cook pasta according to pkg. instructions. Drain.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute garlic in butter (or oil) over medium heat. Stir in heavy cream and chicken broth. Add cheddar cheese, salt and pepper. Add flour. Simmer altogether for about 15 min.
While sauce is cooking, saute zucchini in 1 tsp. oil until soft. Once sauce is cooked and thickens, add zucchini, spinach, turmeric, and artichoke hearts. Stir all together and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Once sauce is done, put cooked ziti pasta in a large bowl. Pour sauce over pasta and toss to coat and mix. Then add cooked chicken and mix all together. Serve. Enjoy!
*You can substitute steamed broccoli for the zucchini, also delicious! And half and half can be substituted for the heavy cream to make it low-fat. The sauce will not be as thick though.
This recipe uses the “super-spice,” Turmeric… to see some AMAZING facts about this spice, check out this post here.