Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Fresh Summer Pasta

A few weeks ago I was faced with "dinner dilemma". You know...I didn't want to make what was scheduled and was missing one ingredient to everything that sounded good. I was by myself and just when I was content to eat from the cereal stockpile I decided to check the status of my garden.

I know what you are thinking right now...I had all kinds of beautiful, juicy, ripe tomatoes waiting for me. Well, the story didn't go exactly like that...

I had a fresh zucchini and I was really wanting to make this pasta that I had been dreaming of. A trip to the garden (if you can call a 2x2 foot plot of land a garden?) brought me disappointment as I had no squash and no ripe juicy tomatoes, just lots and lots of green ones. My neighbor, with whom I have major garden envy, came out with a bag of summer squash and tomatoes just for me.

As I skipped inside I was so full of joy for I know could make this fresh summer pasta. The only thing I lacked was fresh garlic, but garlic powder worked just fine.

1 box angel hair pasta
1 zucchini, diced large
1 summer squash, diced large
5-6 fresh tomatoes
1/3-1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, crushed (or 1 teaspoon garlic powder)
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon dried basil

Cook pasta according to box directions. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet. Saute zucchini, squash, and garlic in olive oil just until vegetables are cooked. Cut tomatoes in half and squeeze juice in a bowl. Dice the tomatoes and add to the juice. Add tomato mixture and basil to sauteed vegetables. Add pasta and olive oil to your liking. Mix in 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Stir until mixed well. Top with the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.

Serves 4-6

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Kimi P said...

This looks very yummy and we just might be having this tomorrow for dinner. I don't think hubby would be thrilled with it but he's not home tomorrow night. I even have a zucchini to finally pick!! I may however have to steal some maters from neighbors!! lol Gave most of mine away!! Thanks!!

Kimi P said...

Made this with some changed of things I needed to use/had on hand and it was delicious!! No summer squash but I had mushrooms that needs to be used. I can't wait to have some for lunch tomorrow!! Thank you! This one's a keeper with many changes possible!!

Tiffanee said...

This looks amazing!! I cannot wait to make it. I think I even have everything on hand. YAY!! Thanks for your sweet words and support. It means the world to me!

Katie said...


I am so glad you tried it...and liked it! I know, there are endless combinations/variations you could do!

Katie said...


I just can't imagine how hard this is on you right now...praying your husband finds something even better...soon!

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