Toasted Mediterranean Veggie Pasta

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Our exciting week continues but with a lot more cooking in the kitchen. How exciting is this? I do not even have to have Julianne in a carrier in order to make this happen.

This last weekend was filled with more events in our second home: Holland. The smaller ensemble, Lyrischkoor, had a concert and I was finally going to be able to sing.

I was able to rehearse and perform but every time someone came to say hello to me they asked me where the baby was. I find this both amusing and irritating because it almost seems like I should not be apart from the baby or like people expect me to say that the baby is in the car. Ha ha, right.

We have good friends that took care of Julianne and I promise you, every time we left her, she was a total angel. I mean, she always is an angel but I am always afraid she will cry to much or be a little much to handle. I feel like I inconvenience people.

Seriously. This is one of my biggest issues lately is asking for help. I feel as if I am a bother to people even if others offer to hold Julianne or to take care of her.

How do I get rid of this or is this a new mother feeling?

Anyway, the concert went well and Julianne was a joy. We left late Saturday night after the concert and arrived home in time to sleep and get up the next morning for church.

10 weeks and nap time with mommy

The good thing about this weekend is that we got naps. Yes, we all got naps. I love taking naps with Julianne in my arms. I alternate though so she will not get used to sleeping with only me in my arms.

11 weeks

She is almost 3 months old! Can you believe it! We slept almost 3 hours on Sunday too!
10 weeks in her bumbo

Our short week started with quick meals being prepared. Lately I feel like I have my lingo back with creating dishes the way I was before getting pregnant. I look at what I have in the fridge and I whip up something quickly. I love doing that. Many people do not but I enjoy seeing how quickly I can create a meal.

PAsta collage

This week, after being inspired by a 30-minute segment by Rachel Ray on Spanish-style pasta, I decided to give it a whirl with my own touch.

We loved this dish a lot because it had unique flavors and it was VERY filling. It was also very quick to prepare. Hope you give it a try!

Toasted Mediterranean Veggie Pasta

by Noelle Kelly
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients (4 servings)
  • 1/2 pound thin spaghetti, torn in 2-inch pieces
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 16 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 large red onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 3 cups vegetable broth (I used Rapunzel bouillon cubes)
  • 1 1/2 cups asparagus, cut in 1 -inch pieces
  • 1 cup artichoke hearts, chopped
  • 1 medium eggplant, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 feta cheese, crumbled (optional)
  • 1 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
In a large cast iron pot, heat 2 Tablespoons olive oil on medium to medium high heat. Add the spaghetti pieces and toast for 10 minutes until brown and aromatic.

Remove the pasta from pot and set aside.

Heat the remaining olive oil and saute’ onions and garlic for 3 minutes or until onions are transparent. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, paprika and cook for another 5 minutes.

Add the chopped vegetables except for the parsley. Add the salt and pepper. Cook for another 5-7 minutes.

Add the toasted pasta to the vegetables and the vegetable broth and cook pasta according to package directions, 9-10 minutes.

Serve each dish with chopped parsley and crumbled feta.
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  • Julie Lynn

    “How do I get rid of this feeling…” As an “older” mother of 6 I’ll give you a tip. 😉 Stop allowing yourself to think of asking for help as a burden on other people. We were created for interaction, helping one another through life…for relationship. Relationship doesn’t happen when we fail to ask for help (ok..sometimes…but rarely) 😉 Let yourself off the hook, sweetie. You may be surprised to find that people really do want to help.

    The pasta looks yummy and your little one is darling.

  • Noelle

    Thanks Julie Lynn! I appreciate these words a lot. Relationships are what I miss. It seems most of people that I know are all away. :-(

  • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    This looks absolutely delicious…perfect it’s-too-cold-to-leave-the-house dish!

  • Monet

    Oh, she’s just so beautiful. I could look at pictures of her all day long. It makes me want to have my own baby! And I know the feeling. Although I don’t have a baby, I have a hard time asking for help. But this is what community is for! Thank you for sharing. The pasta looks great, and as always, your words make me smile.

  • Yesim

    God bless her.. i love pasta but i loved her more:)

  • Erica

    Its a new mother feeling for sure. No matter how much you deserve a little break, you will always feel a little bad about not being there. I always thing the little times I have to spend me away make me a better mother when I’m with her! The pasta looks fabulous. Glad things are going so well

  • Charissa

    Wow, that looks fantastic! And your little daaahling is exactly that…so darling!

  • Emily Malloy

    I could just eat the little one! The pasta looks yummy too :)

  • Noelle

    @Emily-Hee hee thanks Emily! I cannot stop grabbing her cheeks.

    @Amber-It was a super delish dish!

    @Monet-Thank you!

    @Erica-I have to get used to all these new feelings!

    @Yesim-Thank you!

    @Charissa-Thanks, I cannot wait to make it again!

  • LDH

    Hello Noelle!

    What a joy stopping by and perusing many of your posts! Lovely place you have here. Sweet baby girl keeping you busy ~ love seeing the photos of her :)

    Your pasta salad looks so delicious!

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment! Nice to meet you!
    Kindly, Lorraine

  • Kirsten Taggart

    I enjoy whipping up dishes when I look in the fridge and see what I got. It is fun and creative.
    Your pasta looks yummy.

  • Kirsten Taggart

    your blog header is always changing..I like it!

  • Mihl

    Julianne is so adorable! I get that burden feeling but I also made the experience that other people don’t see it that way.
    I hate these “where is your baby” comments, too. I have a partner and he can take care of our kid really as well as me. I tell them I sold her every time they ask.

  • Simply Life

    oh she’s just beautiful and i’m glad to hear you were able to take some naps!

  • chow vegan

    So glad you’re back in the kitchen cooking! The pasta looks delicious! Maybe people are asking where’s the baby so they can bask in her cuteness. She’s such a sweetie. :-)

  • Rosa’s Yummy Yums

    That pasta dish looks mighty scrumptious! A great combination and idea.



  • Noelle

    @Lorraine-aww thank you for coming by!
    @Kirsten-Ha ha thanks! I am taking advantage of Piknick!
    @Mihl-I am glad you understand me! Whew. I want to see pictures of your little one sometime!
    @SImply Life-Thank you!
    @chow vegan-That is totally a good thought. I tend to be impatient with people! I need to see more good out of people than to jumo to conclusions! Thanks!

  • Mari

    Noelle, I love the sweet picture of baby and mom :) Congratulations! As for the Mediterranean veggie pasta, it’s a mouthwatering dish. I most definitely will make this for dinner. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  • Noelle

    @Mari- Hi there! Thank you for your comment. I hope you like the dish.