Pasta with vegetables in a creamy peanut sauce

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When you have  young children at home, you have no choice but to be innovative and come up with interesting twists to existing dishes just to entice them and basically make them feel as if you are creating this ‘restaurant style’ dish just for them!  This weekend we decided to finally start our ‘spring cleaning’ routine and of course the kids had to help out too.  Starting soon after breakfast pretty soon a couple hours had passed while the clutter in the garage had reduced only by half. However the helping hands started to complain about feeling ‘famished’ already.  OK so what were the options for lunch – How about a quick bread and omelette sandwich? Nah. OK how about a veggie grilled cheese? Nah, not in the mood.!  Finally exasperated I said ‘Mom will make something and you will just have to eat it. Too bad.!’

I picked up the pasta box from the pantry and got to work.  In about 30 minutes flat, I laid out this fabulous creamy pasta in a bed of vegetables and asked my kids to guess the secret ingredient.  Well they dug in and loved the creamy sauce but could not guess what the mystery ingredient was.!  Who knew how versatile peanut butter could be!  Goes without saying that I will be making this more often going forward ! 🙂

I used cauliflower,spinach,broccoli and red pepper. But you could use any combination of vegetables.  Adding a few shrimp would make this truly spectacular! I am going to share this at Fiesta Friday even though I am pretty late this week for the party! 🙂

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35 Comments

  1. This looks delicious!! How lucky your kids are to have you cook even lunch for them! Growing up, lunch at our house was always either sandwiches or leftovers from previous nights’ dinners – no other options! I’m definitely pinning this to try soon!

  2. I’ve come to the conclusion, that if it’s from Indu, it’s gonna be good! Looks delicious! Sounds like it’s just the right amount of heat for my persnickety palate too. 🙂 Glad you made it the Fiesta…your pasta looks like it was worth the wait!

  3. Hi Indu! Better let than never, and it is always so great to see you at Fiesta Friday! I love the sound of this pasta dish. It seems almost like a Thai fusion dish to me with the peanut sauce combined with the creamy ingredients. Yum! Hope you had a lovely weekend!

  4. I was just about to shut down the computer and you came popping up! A recipe link-up from Indu. Must. See. So glad I did. Pasta in peanut butter sauce? Sounds like something I have to try, Indu. Thanks for sharing! <3

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