Sunday, June 8, 2014

Infusing vegetables into your pasta water

The difference between plain water and a vegetable stock for your pasta can be powerful. There are very few calories but it increases nutritional value and taste.

Tips for cooking vegetables

Trace minerals from vegetables aren't lost when you use the vegetables. If you have a picky eater, this will help them "taste" the vegetables and maybe even desensitize them to the taste over time.

Simply add vegetables that you will use in your sauce or as a side vegetable and add it to your pasta water. Some vegetables fall apart with a lot of boiling so you may add the vegetables with the pasta. This will blanch the vegetables as well as give taste to your pasta.

In addition, remember to keep the pot covered to keep the nutrients from floating off into the air.

Don't waste the water!

Additionally, if you don't use the water for future broth, you can at least cool it and add it to your plants, rather than plain water. Reduce, re-use, recycle.


  1. These are brilliant ideas! I never even thought to use the boiled water to water plants with - wow!

  2. Wow - I never thought of doing this! What awesome ideas! Love the idea of doing this to help with a picky eater - which my son totally is!

  3. I would have never thought to water plants with the remaining water, such a great use of recycling!

  4. Great ideas on how to use vegetables to flavor you meal and on how to reuse it.

  5. These are fantastic tips. Great way to recycle water.

  6. I never even considered this! Thank you!

  7. That's an easy way to add flavor to the pasta. I like it!


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