Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Lemon-Dill Roasted Vegetable Pasta

Lemon-Dill Roasted Vegetable Pasta

You guys.  My husband started a blog.  Remember that time I asked him a series of random questions and then posted them here?  Well, when he answered the question about the blog of his own I secretly hoped that he would start one.

He went on a solo mission trip the summer before we moved to Jefferson City.  He drove to Kentucky by himself, stayed and worked by himself nearly the whole time, and then drove home again, by himself.  The whole time he journaled about it and each night he would email me his journal entries.  I don’t mean to brag, but he is a poet.  I love reading his words because they just flow.  They make me think!  They make me feel his passion for people and for God.

Lemon-Dill Roasted Vegetable Pasta

Paul is such a thinker.  He especially thinks so deeply and thoroughly about things that matter. I’m sure that fact helps him excel at his job.  Being in ministry is hard.  It’s so rewarding and fun but it’s hard on a lot of different levels. There is so much to think about and so much to balance. He finally decided that he needed a place to spew all of his thinking and a couple of weeks ago he said “I think I want to start a blog”, to which I said “that doesn’t really surprise me.”

Because it didn’t.  He writes messages every week to share with our middle and high school students.  It takes him a long time to write emails because he thinks about every word he types. Sometimes we talk about the same subject for hours because he thinks so deeply about it.  It only makes sense that he would want to share thoughts with others. And I’m so proud of him.  I love reading his words.  He named it The Anchor and Cross. We are reminded to anchor ourselves in hope and by the cross, we are reminded of God’s grace.

So a little about this vegetable pasta – we adore roasted vegetables.  They are so simple!  I got to take a trip to Trader Joe’s recently and they had asparagus for $1.99.  That’s crazy cheap!! So I grabbed some along with various other veggies and we roasted them with lemon juice, dill and olive oil.  I used to have a huge obsession with rosemary on roasted veggies but I think dill just moved in to stay.  I made way more veggies than we needed so the next day I tossed them with some pasta, more dill, a little butter and some feta.  I could not get enough of this vegetable pasta and the beauty is that you can use any vegetables you have on hand.  I think it would also be amazing to use up some leftover grilled veggies.  That is, as soon as the snow goes away!

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Lemon-Dill Roasted Vegetable Pasta

Yield: Serves 4

Total Time: 30 min

Super simple vegetable pasta dish with veggies roasted with lemon and dill.

Ingredients:

for the roasted veggies: (see note below)
1 cup broccoli florets, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 cup asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 yellow onion, cut into chunks
1 cup mushrooms, quartered
2 green onions, sliced
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
3-4 Tbs. olive oil
zest + juice of 1 lemon
2 tsp. dill
1 tsp. parsley
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper

for the pasta:
12 ounces pasta
2 Tbs. butter
2 Tbs. olive oil
2 tsp. fresh lemon juice (about 1/2 a lemon)
1 tsp. dill
Salt & pepper to taste
Feta cheese, for garnish

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Combine all of the veggies + garlic on a 10x15 rimmed baking sheet. Add the olive oil, lemon juice and zest, dill and parsley, along with salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly to disperse the herbs and seasonings. Roast for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through, until the vegetables are tender. Remove from the oven and set aside.

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain the pasta and add it back to the pan over medium-low heat. Add the roasted vegetables, butter, olive oil, lemon juice, and dill. Stir and cook until heated through. Season with salt & pepper to taste and serve with feta (or Parmesan) cheese as a garnish.

Cassie's Notes:
Feel free to use any mixture of veggies you like. And, alternatively, if you have leftover roasted or grilled veggies, use those instead of roasting new one

Lemon-Dill Roasted Vegetable Pasta

 

23 Responses to “Lemon-Dill Roasted Vegetable Pasta”

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    Sommer @ASpicyPerspective — February 26, 2014 @ 12:04 pm

    This looks complete truly delish! I love a good pasta dish! Pinning

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — February 26, 2014 @ 12:32 pm

    My husband recently started a blog, too (those his is about cocktails :)). I just love seeing him be creative in that space, though. It’s a fun side of him to see come out.

    And this pasta looks so delish! Love the flavors of lemon and dill going on.

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    Courtney @ Neighborfood — February 26, 2014 @ 12:48 pm

    How cool! I’ll definitely be heading over there to check it out. I read a lot of food and faith blogs so you’re my new favorite power couple. 🙂 Also, this kind of pasta is awesome. I don’t even know what it’s called, but I love it. Pinning for later!

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    Heather || Heather's Dish — February 26, 2014 @ 1:04 pm

    SO SO SO awesome – I keep telling Nate he should start one, but I think his will be more vlog-y (you know, when he gets around to it 🙂 I can’t wait to check out your hubby’s!

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — February 26, 2014 @ 2:46 pm

    I love all the roasted veggies here. So awesome that your hubs started a blog!

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    Aggie — February 26, 2014 @ 3:09 pm

    Good for your husband 🙂 fun!

    Lemon & dill? This sounds and looks incredible Cassie!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 26, 2014 @ 6:52 pm

    So pretty Cassie! Love all the veggies 🙂 pinned

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — February 26, 2014 @ 8:21 pm

    I love that your husband started a blog!!! And this recipe has my name written all over it. I love lemon and dill together!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — February 26, 2014 @ 10:07 pm

    I love this pasta, Cassie! Makes me want some spring!

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — February 26, 2014 @ 11:44 pm

    I’m so excited to hear about Paul, and we are so lucky to have him sharing his words with us too!
    In other news, I’m going to T. Joe’s tomorrow in search of asparagus. I’m craving a taste of spring, and this pasta looks perfect!

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    Kelly — February 27, 2014 @ 8:45 am

    I just started following your blog and I adore your Wednesday Ramblings, your beautiful recipes, and your Five things Friday 🙂 Your photography is fantastic!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — February 27, 2014 @ 9:52 am

    These are my favorite kind of spring meals! Chock full o’ fresh veggies and simple flavors… and of course heaps of goat cheese! Love this, Cassie.

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    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — February 27, 2014 @ 1:30 pm

    Congrats to your hubby and good luck! It sounds like the blogging world is going to be a great place with him in it. 😉 This pasta totally is makes me excited for Spring! Beautiful.

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — February 27, 2014 @ 5:10 pm

    Please tell me I’m not the only one who still looks at that pasta and thinks they’re miniature brains, haha. Or maaaaaaybe I am *sigh*. This is my kinda springtime meal! So fresh and healthy and loaded with yumminess.

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    Joanne — February 27, 2014 @ 10:27 pm

    How exciting for Paul!! It seems like it will really be a great outlet for him, which is AWESOME.

    I really don’t get enough dill in my life, though I adore it. This is such a fun pasta sauce!

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — February 28, 2014 @ 3:21 pm

    I really need to get my hands on some asparagus, this sounds wonderful!
    That’s so great that your husband started a blog. Heading over to check it out now!

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    Paula – bell’alimento — March 1, 2014 @ 10:51 pm

    This is right up my alley! I love pasta dishes and this sounds amazing!

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    Cass @foodmyfriend — March 2, 2014 @ 12:53 am

    That’s really cool 🙂 It would be like seeing another side of your partner. I love an easy pasta recipe mid week. Especially in this cold weather.

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    Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen — March 2, 2014 @ 9:45 pm

    I love simple and delicious recipes like this one. Pinned! 🙂

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    ATasteOfMadness — March 2, 2014 @ 11:03 pm

    I am craving this right now! This looks SO good!

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    Jess — March 3, 2014 @ 2:51 am

    What a sweet tribute to your husband, and it makes me so glad to hear that he’s sharing his talent. What a beautiful thought that he thinks so carefully about what he puts into words and how he uses it to benefit others and spread God’s word! You two are quite a talented pair, Cassie!

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    Christine from Cook the Story — March 17, 2014 @ 9:53 am

    This is a great summer dish, but I think I’ll make a batch NOW 🙂

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    Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life — June 1, 2014 @ 11:38 pm

    I sometimes wish my guy would get on Twitter or Tumblr or something because he has the best one liners.
    Guess I’ll just have to enjoy the one on one comedy show for now.
    One thing he will be getting all over is a dish of this pasta very soon! Thanks for sharing!

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