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Roasted Vegetable Pappardelle with Creamy Pesto Sauce

Rich and decadent, this pasta recipe for Roasted Vegetable Pappardelle with Creamy Pesto Sauce is perfect for special occasions — or anytime you want a comforting dinner.

Roasted Vegetable Papperdelle with Creamy Pesto Sauce recipe

When my alarm goes off in the morning, more than an hour before the sun will rise, a part of me wants to just forget it. Ignore it. Roll over and just sleep until I awake naturally. You can probably relate … heck, you probably face a similar dilemma in the mornings. You want to rest more, but there’s too much to do, too many dishes to wash, too many responsibilities to attend to. In the end, almost everyday, I heed the shrill call and, eventually, rise to make coffee and start my day.

For me, that time is essential. In those quiet hours before the kids wake up, after the coffee is sipped and the dishes washed, I write and schedule favorite posts to share on social media. I do things that I won’t have time for otherwise. I also sometimes pop around the internet reading interesting stories. That time is reserved just for me.

The rest of the day is busy with parenting duties, work responsibilities and life. My to-do lists have gotten so long that I just stopped making them, and instead try to do as much as I humanly can. But there’s always more. Always other things that I make a semi-conscious decision to put off. Some of it is housework … the kitchen floor needs washing, but helping the kids study for tests and doing the laundry is more important. Other things play more into my creative side. The list of projects I want to get to grows all the time, but it’s impossible to do it all.

Meanwhile, there’s life to attend to. It’s busy and filled, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s also happy and exciting and stuffed with new experiences. I love the little life the kids and I have forged here in Maine. It’s just right.

Still, the busyness of our days is exhausting. By the time I pick up the kids and head home in the evening, all I want is to shed my work clothes, find my coziest pajamas and curl up. Sometimes, that’s what I do. The kids and I opt for the simplest of dinners and just relax.

Roasted Vegetable Papperdelle with Creamy Pesto Sauce

But some nights, when the stars align, there’s time and energy to spending in the kitchen cooking and I whip up something like this recipe for Roasted Vegetable Pappardelle with Creamy Pesto Sauce.

Lots of veggies, roasted until they are creamy and tender. For some, like red onions and shallots, it renders them sweet like candy. For other veggies, like grape tomatoes, it brings out a pleasant acidity that is a lovely compliment to the creamy broccoli and other flavors.

Then you make the sauce. It’s a little decadent but this is a once-in-a-while dish, so you don’t blink as you melt butter in a pan and whisk in flour and then heavy cream. Once it heats a bit and thickens, you add in the pesto sauce. The result is a creamy sauce with the bright flavors of basil and garlic. It’s a mellower version of the pestos you love so much in the summertime.

And then, when the wide pappardelle pasta noodles are cooked, you mix it all together, creating a rich, creamy dish that you can’t wait to dig into.

Or, at least that’s how it goes for for the kids and me.

Then you dig in together, talking about all the things that kept you busy during the day — the learning

Roasted Vegetable Pappardelle with Creamy Pesto Sauce

Roasted Vegetable Pappardelle with Creamy Pesto Sauce

Yield: 4 servings
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2-3 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, , halved
  • 1 red onion, , quartered and sliced
  • 1 shallot, , quartered and sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Sauce

  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup basil pesto

Pasta

  • 1 package parrardelle, , prepared

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spread the veggies over it and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss well. Bake for 15 minutes and then stir and bake for another 10-15 minutes until caramelized.
  2. When the veggies are just about done, melt the butter in a small sauce pan. Whisk in the flour until well combined. Pour in the heavy cream a little at a time until fully incorporated. Continue to cook over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until thickened. Whisk in the pesto. Remove from heat.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together the prepared pasta, roasted veggies and pesto cream sauce until fully combined.
  4. Serve immediately
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Mary Beth Beal

Tuesday 12th of January 2016

Hi Sara, I hope all is well in Maine. I just thought I would let you know that this recipe has become a family favorite. In fact, Caroline informed me recently, that this is her requested Birthday Dinner!!!

Nutmeg Nanny

Friday 6th of November 2015

Pasta makes my days even brighter! I especially love it when it's covered in a creamy sauce and lots of vegetables.

Melissa from Hungry Food Love

Wednesday 4th of November 2015

I hear ya. Not everyday I have the same energy, but to make this pasta I will def find it.... it looks wonderful!

Sarah Walker Caron

Friday 6th of November 2015

Thank you!

Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen

Tuesday 3rd of November 2015

Pappardelle is one of my favorite pasta shapes...so thick and comforting. This sauce looks incredibly creamy and delicious - I'd forgo the pajamas a little bit longer to make a batch of this!

Sarah Walker Caron

Friday 6th of November 2015

It's one of my favorites too!

Renee - Kudos Kitchen

Tuesday 3rd of November 2015

Pasta is my go-to comfort food. This looks so wonderful. I'd love to eat a big bowl of it in front of the TV in my pajamas!

Sarah Walker Caron

Friday 6th of November 2015

Yes, yes, yes! Honestly, I haven't been watching much TV lately -- I just can't seem to find the time. What am I missing? I would love a few new shows to check out.