Braised Winter Vegetable Pasta

November/December 2010

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In this vegetable-studded vegan dish we braise cauliflower, butternut squash and pasta in white wine and broth in an unconventional technique that yields delicious results. Serve with a spinach salad with red onion, orange segments and a light vinaigrette.

"While I like all the ingredients on their own, they just didn't work well together in this dish. I found it quite boring and bland tasting. I was really disappointed. "
Braised Winter Vegetable Pasta

Makes: 4 servings, about 2 cups each

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  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage or 1 teaspoon dried rubbed
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 8 ounces whole-wheat medium pasta shells or other small pasta
  • 2 cups bite-size cauliflower florets
  • 2 cups bite-size butternut squash cubes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 10-ounce bag frozen lima beans, thawed


  1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and sage and cook, stirring, until softened, 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Add broth and wine; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add pasta, cauliflower, squash, salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is not quite tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in lima beans and cook, stirring occasionally, until the lima beans and pasta are tender and most of the liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes more.


Per serving: 468 calories; 9 g fat (1 g sat, 6 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 76 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 16 g protein; 13 g fiber; 655 mg sodium; 862 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (172% daily value), Vitamin C (78% dv), Magnesium (32% dv), Iron & Potassium (25% dv), Folate (18% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 4

Exchanges: 4 1/2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 1/2 fat

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