Creamy Carrot and Parm Pasta

Creamy Carrot and Parm Pasta www.bellalimento.com

Did you know it’s possible to have a creamy pasta without actually adding any cream? I know the thought of a cream less cream sauce doesn’t seem possible but it really is. This very veggie sauce is going to blow your taste buds right out of the water. At first glance you might think this pasta looks like a version of a tasty macaroni and cheese. You’d be wrong. IF however, you’d like to let your kids think it’s macaroni and cheese instead of telling them it’s actually creamy CARROT and parm sauce go right ahead. I may or may not have led my kids to believe it was as well. Shhh.

Creamy Carrot and Parm Pasta www.bellalimento.com

The base of the sauce starts with, as the recipe title suggests, roasted carrots. Yes CARROTS. “What’s up doc?”,  carrots. Which are kind of like vegetable crack to me. I could eat them like candy. Sticky sweet roasted candy and I did, which meant I had to make MORE roasted carrots when it was time to make the pasta. Good thing for me carrots are reasonably priced. This is a pasta I can feel good about eating over and over again. Not just because of the vegetable sauce but because of the actual pasta. It’s Dreamfields.

Creamy Carrot & Parm Pasta www.bellalimento.com

Dreamfields pasta is healthy pasta that likes traditional pasta. Don’t believe me, go ahead and try it for yourself. I promise not to say I told you so ; ). The proof is in the pudding as my Grandma would say. You can find their black boxes of pasta in most grocers pasta sections.

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“Dreamfields is made using durum wheat grown by over 1,000 American farmers. It is authentic pasta with 5 grams of dietary fiber per serving – 2.5 times more than traditional pasta. They also add a natural plant fiber called inulin that helps support better digestion. This patented blend of fiber and plant protein helps you feel full longer to help maintain your healthy weight goals.” Carb lovers across the world rejoice with me!

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Creamy Carrot and Parm Pasta

What You Will Need:

  • 6 medium carrots - peeled
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • kosher salt/pepper
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups homemade chicken stock
  • 1 pound Dreamfields rotini pasta
  • Parmigiano Reggiano shavings - garnish
  • fresh thyme - garnish
  • crispy bacon - garnish

What To Do:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Onto a rimmed baking sheet place: carrots, bell pepper, garlic. Drizzle oil on top. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes.
  3. When bell pepper is cool enough to handle, remove skin and seeds (discard).
  4. Place a large pot of generously salted water onto boil. When boiling, add pasta and cook until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water before draining.
  5. Into blender add: roasted carrots, bell pepper and garlic. Start by adding 1 cup broth and pulse until pureed. Continue adding broth until you have a creamy consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Into a large serving bowl add cooked pasta and 1 cup carrot sauce. Toss to coat. TIP: if sauce is too thick thin using reserved pasta water. If not thick enough add additional sauce.
  7. Garnish with Parmigiano shavings, fresh thyme and crispy bacon if desired.
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80 Comments

  1. 51
    Christina Constantine /

    love to make lazagna when I can find the noodles…

    • 51.1
      Marilyn /

      I’m going to try this. Always looking for something new.

  2. 52

    This is lovely – and something I would be really happy to serve my family!

  3. 53

    I LOVE this Mozzarella Pasta Bake!

  4. 54

    What a great recipe – I love the lack of cream for a creamy pasta!

  5. 55
    Clauda Thompson /

    Adding fresh vegs, herbs to pasta and then add dash of ranch dressing powder and bottle of Italian dressing of some form..delicious esp with Dreamfield..

  6. 56
    Ash Johnson /

    I love pasta with asparagus and pesto.

  7. 57

    This recipe sounds delicious, definitely adding it to my Pinterest food board, thanks!

  8. 58
    David /

    My favorite way to eat pasta is angel hair with parmesan cheese. But I also like oven baked macaroni and cheese.

  9. 59
    Carla P /

    Pastitio!

  10. 60
    Christina /

    Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo is my all time favorite pasta.

  11. 61

    The color is stunning! Nom nom nom! I can’t believe I’ve never tried Dream Fields…but my patients love the stuff!

  12. 62
    Allison Z /

    I LOVE pasta all’amatriciana :) with just enough kick :)

  13. 63
    Christine /

    Yum!

  14. 64
    Debbie Jackson /

    My veggie lasagna.

  15. 65
    Carolsue /

    My favorite pasta recipe is for Pasta Carbonara with lots of bacon!

  16. 67
    Kristen J /

    I think my favorite has to be any pasta dish that has a vodka cream sauce!

  17. 68
    Heidi Siek /

    Many favorites! By far the easiest is pasta tossed with a little butter & olive oil & a bit of parsley.

  18. 69
    Jas /

    It looks delicious!

  19. 70
    Kristen /

    I think plain old baked ziti

  20. 71
    Val /

    I’m a carrot lover too AND I eat Dreamfield’s brand all the time. I will try this recipe for sure.

  21. 72
    Val /

    Pasta salad is my all time favorite.

  22. 73
    Christa Lopez /

    I love making pasta with cherry tomatoes, spinach and a creamy sauce.

  23. 74
    Shelly /

    I love penne arrabbiata.

  24. 75

    Pasta con salsiccia e radicchio

  25. 76
    Amy L /

    My favorite is spaghetti carbonara

  26. 77

    I never would have dreamed about carrots and pasta – but now that I have, I don’t think will be an easy combination to forget!! YUM!

  27. 78
    karen abbruscato /

    love dreamfields pasta, only use dreamfields, but wish they would add more shapes to their inventory.

  28. 79
    Nancy Wright /

    Can you tell me where i can find lasagna noodles in Albuquerque, New Mexico? Have been a Dreamfield lover for many years but have never been able to find a store that carries them. Also in Tenn., no luck there either.

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