browned butter pasta with roasted root veggies

Browned butter, infused with fresh rosemary and tossed with a whole menagerie of roasted root veggies, pasta (and chicken if you’d like!).  I’m telling you, it just doesn’t get much simpler or much more ‘comfort-food’ than this!

Browned Butter Pasta with Roasted Root Veggies | Sweet Anna's

Our favorite little local farm store sells big grab bags of root veggies for roasting.  It’s so much fun to get a variety of things we might not normally try and everything tastes so great roasted together!

browned butter pasta with roasted root veggies | Sweet Anna's

This last bag had carrots, purple and russet potatoes, red and golden beets and what I think are parsnips.  :o)   I added a big red onion and some garlic cloves and tossed it all in a good dose of garlic infused and regular olive oils, salt & pepper, and a bunch of fresh chopped rosemary.

Let me just tell ya…  from the minute this was put in the oven, the whole house smelled amazing.  (When are they going to invent smell-o-vision anyways?!)

Of course, because I am a pasta addict – I boiled some penne and made a simple browned butter sauce to toss it all together with.  So simple, so easy, and absolutely packed full of flavor.  Serve this with freshly shaved or grated parmesan, if you’ve got some.  We love it with and without!

I’ve made this dish several times now, and it’s always a favorite, no matter how I mix it up.  Sometimes I change up the herbs.  Sometimes I skip the onions.  Sometimes I add some leftover chicken, if I’ve got it on hand.  However you do it, roast up some veggies, cook some pasta, brown some butter and toss it all together and you’ve got an easy crowd-pleasing meal!

browned butter pasta with roasted root veggies

Ingredients

  • 5 lbs, or so, root veggies, variety (carrots, beets, potatoes, parsnips...)
  • 1 large onion
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, smashed or whole
  • 2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive or melted coconut oil oil
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • freshly shaved parmesan cheese

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400ºF.

Cut all the veggies and onion into similar bite-sized pieces. Place all the veggies and garlic on a large rimmed baking sheet.

Drizzle with oil and salt & pepper to taste. Toss well with your hands to make sure everything is coated.

Place in the oven and roast for 30-45 minutes, until all the veggies are tender and golden. Remove from the oven and set aside.

While the veggies are roasting, boil a large pot of salted water and cook the noodles according to package directions.

While the water is boiling, melt a stick of butter in a large skillet (preferably light colored interior, but not necessary!) over medium heat.

Continue to cook, swirling occasionally until the butter starts to foam and then turn golden. Watch closely at this point, as it can burn easily. As soon as the butter looks nice and golden (here's where the light-colored skillet helps!) and smells very toasty and fragrant, pull it off the heat & stir in the rosemary.

Toss everything together in a large bowl or in the now drained pot and serve with freshly shaved parmesan cheese if desired!

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Easy, Festive 5-Minute Fudge, Easter Style

So, you know when you are trying to cut back on your coffee-intake (for the sake of your thyroid!) and you find a cupboard full of easter candy, because you have a compulsion to buy cute holiday candies just because they’re so darn cute and all of a sudden you just have to make something with those adorable candy eggs or else you will eat the whole bag right now?  (Maybe I should just go have that cup of coffee after all.)

Yeah that.  That made this happen.  Easy, perfectly creamy, 5-minute fudge, topped with chopped up easter colored, candy coated malted eggs.   (Also known as Robin’s Eggs, but you know…)

easy, festive 5-minute fudge | Sweet Anna's

You should probably try this soon.  I’m pretty sure you’ve got these simple ingredients in your cupboard/fridge and if you’re at all like me you’ve got some easter candy that needs a good use.  You can top these with any cute easter candy you want!  M&Ms, peanut butter cups, cadbury creme eggs anyone?!

Of course you could also just make this plain, but seriously…  why would you even do that?  (Oh right, you might be just like my husband, who doesn’t like it when I “contaminate” his fudge!  If that’s you…  go ahead.  I’ll look the other way!)

However you top it, do it soon.  And then eat it warm with a spoon (ok, ok, or let it chill like the rule follower you are!) and make it again for easter!

easy, festive 5-minute fudge | Sweet Anna's

Easy, Festive 5-Minute Fudge, Easter Style

Ingredients

  • 1 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup mini-marshmallows
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped easter candies

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, stir the sugar, evaporated milk, butter and salt together, melting and stirring occasionally over medium heat until the mixture just comes to a boil. Set a timer for 5 minutes (hence the 5-minute-fudge name!) and boil the mixture, stirring constantly for the 5 minutes.
  2. Turn off the heat and quickly stir in the chocolate chips, marshmallows and vanilla, stirring until the marshmallows have melted and the mixture is smooth.
  3. Spread this mixture into a buttered 8" square baking dish and let sit for about 5 minutes, before sprinkling the easter candies onto the top and pressing down gently.
  4. Let cool completely before cutting into small squares and serving. Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to a week!
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the easiest homemade pizza sauce

Ok, so I am a total sucker for cuteness.  Cute babies, cute little tiny anythings, and cute hearts.  Especially when those hearts are in unexpected places.

Like pizza!

The Cutest Pepperoni Pizza & The Easiest Homemade Pizza Sauce!

So yeah, the heart pepperonis were totally not my idea.  I’m sure I saw them on Instagram or Pinterest.  But man were they just too cute to resist.

They did take a few minutes to make, but it was easy and fun and totally worth it!  (Kind of like cutting paper snowflakes, except they’re just hearts, and you’re cutting pepperoni instead of paper!)

Heart Pepperoni Pizza

Of course that’s not all I’ve got for you today.  If you’ve been hanging out with me for long, you are very familiar with my Homemade Pizza obsession.

What you may not know, is that I have never made homemade pizza sauce before!  I don’t even know why, except that I seemed to keep picking up jars of Trader Joe’s pizza sauce and thinking that had to be easier than making some myself.

Well, you know what?  It’s not any easier!  Seriously.  Ok, maybe 2 minutes of work is too much, but you guys, this sauce is so good and so worth it.  Give it a try next time you run out of pizza sauce!

The Cutest Pepperoni Pizza & The Easiest Homemade Pizza Sauce

the easiest homemade pizza sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (15oz) can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (less if you don't like a little spice!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

In a small saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat and stir in the garlic to sauté for about 30 seconds, until very fragrant.

Stir in the rest of the ingredients, bring to a boil quickly over high heat and then immediately reduce to low and simmer for at least 30 minutes (the longer the better, the flavor only intensifies as it simmers!).

When you are about ready to start assembling your pizzas, turn off the heat so the sauce can cool back down a bit.

This should be enough for 2-3 pizzas (or one batch of my favorite homemade pizza dough). If you have leftovers, cool completely and store in the fridge for up to a week, or freeze for up to 3 weeks!

http://sweetannas.com/2015/02/the-easiest-homemade-pizza-sauce.html

 Now go make some pizza!  (And Happy Everything-Hearts Week!)