I hate to admit this, especially since we are less than 2 weeks from my cookbook coming out, but I just haven’t been cooking very much lately, at least not cooking to come up with new recipes. We have been going through probably the busiest, most stressful time of our lives for the past month or so. Hard work and chasing your dreams can be really hard, especially when you throw a baby into the mix. Sometimes I forget that it’s supposed to be hard, and it’s going to take a lot of work. If my life ever looks like it’s all sunshine and roses from the outside, just know that on the inside it’s chaotic, risky, and pretty tense at times. Thankfully, we are finally getting to the fun part of all that we have had going on, and I really can’t complain about a thing. There are seasons for everything, and I am learning to embrace the present not just look to what’s next. Easier said than done, especially when the outcome is uncertain, but I’m trying!
You’re probably not surprised to hear that when I’m feeling stressed, I like to pray…and cook. I love to turn on some calming music and just zone out in the kitchen when life feels chaotic. At least I have some control in that space, as opposed to so many other aspects of my life. Cooking allows me to get my creative juices flowing and focus on something fun and beautiful. That’s actually how this pasta recipe came about.
I have been buying zucchini every week lately, because it is so plentiful and inexpensive right now. Usually, I roast it and serve it as a simple side. However, this time I roasted it with some frozen corn, which gets almost candied in the oven, and I added it to pasta shells. Then I tossed it all in a light, creamy sauce. The awesome part about this recipe is that it’s total comfort food, but without all of the calories and fat from a heavy, cream sauce drenched pasta dish. I also love that this dish is filled with zucchini, making for an easy way to get the kiddos (and adults) to eat those veggies!
If you want to add some fresh Parmesan cheese to this dish, I certainly won’t be mad at ya. But I will say, it’s pretty tasty as is!
Roasted Zucchini and Corn Pasta in Light Lemon Cream Sauce
- 2 medium zucchini, chopped in 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 1 tablespoo extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 12 ounces pasta shells (whole wheat may be used)
- 3 slices bacon
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 1/2 cups lowfat milk
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
- Place the chopped zucchini and corn (still frozen) onto a large baking sheet and toss with the oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon of pepper.
- Bake the veggies for 16-18 minutes, tossing halfway through baking. The corn should be golden and the zucchini should have a slight char.
- Meanwhile cook the pasta according to the package directions, drain and set aside.
- Cook the bacon in a large skillet, and then chop it and set it aside. Reserve about 2 teaspoons of the drippings in the skillet. Add the butter to the drippings and let it melt over medium heat.
- Stir in the garlic and flour into the skillet and cook for about 2 minutes. Whisk in the milk to prevent any lumps and continue stirring until the mixure thickens. Then stir in the lemon juice. Season the sauce with the remaining 1/4 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper.
- Toss the veggies, pasta and chopped bacon into the sauce and serve warm.
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