OK, I can die happy. This is the kind of recipe that has made me a better cook. Maybe a better person too. At one time I would've worried I didn't have *exactly* the right ingredients - prompting yet another trip to the grocery store or not making the dish at all. What are the important ingredients? Pasta. Fresh basil, pine nuts, grated cheese, and olive oil to make pesto. Vegetables. Chicken, if desired. Other than that, it's up to you. Next time I'll change it up, based on what I have on hand. I made everything on the stovetop -there's no need to heat the oven. Here's what I did: Simmered butternut squash agnolotti for 4 min, then rinsed in cold water. (I'd been looking for a recipe to use this up, but almost any will do.) I made pesto in my Ninja: 1 cup fresh basil, 2 cloves garlic, ¼ cup pine nuts, ? cup grated cheese (combo of Asiago, parmesan, and Romano), salt + olive oil. Didn't add lemon juice since I didn't have any. On medium-high heat, sautéd onion, red pepper, and spicy chicken sausage from Trader Joe's (what I had) for 4-5 min, then added fresh mushrooms. Turned heat down to med-low; added 1 clove minced garlic and zucchini. I didn't have any asparagus, but added ½ cup frozen spinach to simmer for 2 min. I added ½ of the pesto (saved the rest for later since there are only 3 of us), cooked pasta, some cherry tomatoes, and 1-2 tablespoons water so it wouldn't dry out. I let this simmer just to warm things up, and served with extra Parmesan cheese. Delish!
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OK, I can die happy. This is the kind of recipe that has made me a better cook. Maybe a better...