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

Preparation 2017-05-01T00:00:00+00:00
Cook Time 2017-05-01T00:00:00+00:00
Serves 1     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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. 1

    Oh my gosh, of course! I make an avocado pasta sauce, but never thought to do it with carrots. This makes perfect sense. I love it.

  2. 2

    This looks amazing! I need a big bowl of this ASAP!

  3. 3
    cori /

    I love butternut squash pasta with bacon and broccoli!

  4. 4

    It DOES look just like cheesy mac and cheese!! Yum!! I love that it’s made with Carrots and Parmigiano!!

  5. 5

    Um, totally making this for dinner tonight! Gorgeous!!!

  6. 6

    I love the use of carrot in this pasta dish.

  7. 7

    I love this! Carrots are my favorite, right behind pasta!

  8. 8
    FPC /

    Pasta with Tuna, Capers and Raisins. So delicious!!

  9. 9
    Maribeth M /

    Hands down, favorite pasta is plain and simple – garlic and olive oil with a sprinkle of parm cheese!

  10. 10
    Kenny /

    A nice linguine with pesto made with basil from my garden.

  11. 11
    latanya /

    my mom’s macaroni and cheese recipe

  12. 12

    Umm I love the idea of using carrots as a supplemental cream sauce! Never would have guessed that. I love making my lemon bruschetta chicken pasta… favorite pasta dish for sure!

  13. 13
    Maggie Wallace /

    Alfredo!

  14. 14

    Wow Paula that looks amazing! I am completely obsessed with roasted carrots they really do taste like candy, its the best way to eat veggies. Can’t wait to try this pasta dish! Pinned!

  15. 15

    Pasta carbonara is my fave 🙂

  16. 16

    Always a Mediterranean pasta with olives and artichokes.

  17. 17
    rachel /

    I go for classics — like meat sauce over pasta!

  18. 18

    Paula this is divine. I love pasta and am totally digging the idea of a cream-less creamy sauce. It looks so inviting.

  19. 19

    I really REALLY want to eat this. I have an impulse control thing when it comes to roasted carrots so I expect this would be right up my alley!

  20. 20
    Kel /

    Probably a fettuccini with a light cream sauce….

  21. 21
    Shirley /

    Looks great! Never tried that kind of pasta brand. Would love to win it! 🙂

  22. 22

    This looks great! Never thought of making a carrot sauce before. Love it!

  23. 23
    Sheila K. /

    I love spinach lasagna!

  24. 24

    Wonderful! It looks cheesy but healthy and a hint of sweetness. I am going to have to try this.

  25. 25

    I’m starving, and this looks divine!! Love carrots and this great way of using them in pasta!

  26. 26
    barbara n /

    I love good old fashion macaroni and cheese!

  27. 27
    Elena /

    I like pasta bolognese

  28. 28
    Patty T /

    lasagna

  29. 29
    Sandy Headtke /

    Hands down, basic mac and cheese.

  30. 30
    Donna L /

    I love Chicken Parmesan.

  31. 31
    MaryB /

    Love all kinds of lasagna.

  32. 32
    Rust /

    pasta primavera – with fresh avocadoes and my homemade creamy garlic sauce.

  33. 33

    I’m dumbstruck Paula. It DOES look like Mac and Cheese and I’m not fascinated by using carrots in this way. What a clever cook you are!

  34. 34
    Alessandra /

    Carbonara! I love it

  35. 35
    Cathy /

    Love the idea of carrot sauce over pasta! Yum!

  36. 36
    vaishali /

    Chicken scampi..:)

  37. 37
    Jess /

    That looks delicious! I’m making it this Thursday for dinner.

  38. 38
    Leslie /

    I enjoy pasta with alfredo sauce.

  39. 39

    One of the best meals I’ve ever had was a creamy carrot gnocchi at Ubuntu in Napa. This looks so reminiscent of that! Can’t wait to try it out. I’m literally drooling right now, Paula! xoxo

  40. 40
    Karen Lynch /

    Pasta and chicken and pesto sauce.

  41. 41
    Alison /

    Anything with cheese and asparagus or peas

  42. 42
    Vickie /

    my mom’s cold tuna pasta salad..sooooo gooood..then, lasagne

  43. 43

    One wiff of this and the pug would go nuts! It hard enough eating regular roasted carrots around him.

  44. 44

    Chicken Carbonara!

  45. 45

    Carrots is an amazing idea! What a great pasta!

  46. 46
    Melissa /

    Aglio e Olio is my favorite, so simple but so yummy!

  47. 47

    This looks amazing Paula!!

  48. 48
    Kesha /

    Super cheesy Mac n cheese

  49. 49

    Love us some Dreamfield’s pasta and always use it for low carb eating. Just enjoyed a great plate of pasta vodka (made with penne) as my Hub cooked it for my birthday!

  50. 50
    kim /

    I love a basic lemon + garlic orzo pasta!

  51. 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.

  52. 52

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

  53. 53

    I LOVE this Mozzarella Pasta Bake!

  54. 54

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

  55. 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..

  56. 56
    Ash Johnson /

    I love pasta with asparagus and pesto.

  57. 57

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

  58. 58
    David /

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

  59. 59
    Carla P /

    Pastitio!

  60. 60
    Christina /

    Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo is my all time favorite pasta.

  61. 61

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

  62. 62
    Allison Z /

    I LOVE pasta all’amatriciana 🙂 with just enough kick 🙂

  63. 63
    Christine /

    Yum!

  64. 64
    Debbie Jackson /

    My veggie lasagna.

  65. 65
    Carolsue /

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

  66. 67
    Kristen J /

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

  67. 68
    Heidi Siek /

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

  68. 69
    Jas /

    It looks delicious!

  69. 70
    Kristen /

    I think plain old baked ziti

  70. 71
    Val /

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

  71. 72
    Val /

    Pasta salad is my all time favorite.

  72. 73
    Christa Lopez /

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

  73. 74
    Shelly /

    I love penne arrabbiata.

  74. 75

    Pasta con salsiccia e radicchio

  75. 76
    Amy L /

    My favorite is spaghetti carbonara

  76. 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!

  77. 78
    karen abbruscato /

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

  78. 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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