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Italian Wonderpot


 Pasta is a great, versatile meal choice and budget-friendly. Dry pasta is affordable and can be stored for a long period of time, adding to your in-pocket savings. It can be served hot or cold, as a main dish or side, and with any vegetable or meat you have on hand.

When eaten in moderation, pasta can be part of a healthy diet. To optimize the nutritional value of your pasta dish, follow these easy tips:

  • Load your pasta dish with colourful vegetables (fresh or frozen)
  • Skip heavy creams or sauces
  • Add leftover meat or plant-based protein to your pasta dish to turn it into a balanced meal
  • Eat a reasonable position size What portion of the plate should that be re: Canada’s Food Guide

This Italian Wonderpot is affordable to make and is sure the please the entire family. The best part of this dish? It’s cooked in one pot, making it easy to prepare and quick to clean up. 

This video was produced in partnership with Greener Village Community Food Centre in Fredericton in recognition of #NutritionMonth in Canada. This video series is designed to help New Brunswickers eat more healthy, balanced meals even on a tight budget. 


Italian Wonderpot

Ingredients

  • 4 cups vegetable broth 
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil 
  • 12 oz fettuccine 
  • 8 oz frozen chopped spinach 
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion, sliced 
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced 
  • 1/2 Tbsp dried basil
  • 1/2 Tbsp dried oregano 
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes 
  • freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • 2 oz shaved Parmesan 

Add four cups of vegetable broth to a large pot. Break the fettuccine in half and add it to the pot along with the canned tomatoes (with juices), olive oil, frozen spinach, onion, garlic, basil, oregano, red pepper, and some freshly cracked black pepper.

Make sure the ingredients are submerged under the liquid, place a lid on top of the pot, and then turn the heat on to high. Allow the pot to come up to a full boil over high heat, then remove the lid and turn the heat down to medium.

Allow the pot to continue to boil over medium heat, without a lid, for 10-15 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked and most of the liquid has been absorbed. Stir the pot every few minutes as it cooks to prevent the pasta from sticking to the bottom, but avoid over stirring which can cause the pasta to become sticky.

Sprinkle with shaved Parmesan just before serving.