Pasta Giardiniera

Pasta Giardiniera Recipe
Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl
Fresh lasagna noodles offer silky texture without the work of making your own pasta. Here we cut the sheets into thick noodles. Sub pappardelle or fettuccine, if necessary.


Serves 4 (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)
Total time: 45 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 29 Minutes
Total: 45 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 388
Fat 19.8 g
Satfat 5 g
Monofat 10 g
Polyfat 1.9 g
Protein 10.9 g
Carbohydrate 43.3 g
Fiber 6.6 g
Cholesterol 48 mg
Iron 3 mg
Sodium 596 mg
Calcium 178 mg


1 large red bell pepper
10 cup water
10 baby carrots with tops, trimmed (do not peel)
4 ounces red pearl onions
3 ounces sugar snap peas, trimmed
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
3 1/2 ounces shiitake mushroom caps, halved
1 fennel bulb, trimmed and vertically sliced
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
6 ounces fresh lasagna noodles, cut into 1 1/4 x 5-inch ribbons
1 tablespoon capers, drained
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
3 ounces (1/4-inch) cubed fresh mozzarella cheese (about 3/4 cup)
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves


1. Preheat broiler to high.

2. Cut bell pepper in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place pepper halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten with hand. Broil 8 minutes or until blackened. Place in a paper bag; fold to close tightly. Let stand 10 minutes. Peel and cut into strips.

3. While bell pepper broils, bring 10 cups water to a boil in a Dutch oven. Add carrots and onions; cook 2 minutes. Add peas; cook 2 minutes. Drain; rinse with cold water. Drain. Remove carrot skins by rubbing gently with a clean, dry paper towel. Remove stem ends from onions; peel.

4. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, and swirl to coat. Add onions, mushrooms, and fennel; sauté for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt; reduce heat to medium, and sauté for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add bell pepper, carrots, and vinegar; cook 2 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates.

5. Cook pasta in boiling water 2 minutes; drain. Combine pasta, remaining 2 tablespoons oil, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, fennel mixture, capers, and crushed red pepper in a large bowl; toss to combine. Add mozzarella; sprinkle with thyme.


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Robin Bashinsky,

Cooking Light

March 2013
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