Tuesday, June 25, 2013

10 Minute Summer Pasta for a Fast & Easy Dinner.

In the summer I don't really feel like cooking.  I just want a fast and easy dinner recipe that's healthy and not too heavy. This dish fits the bill. It takes only 10 minutes to prepare - 20 if you count waiting for the water to boil. It's filled with colorful tomatoes, basil, arugula, spinach, garlic and feta and only gets one pot dirty. You don't even cook the sauce! You throw all the "sauce" ingredients into a bowl then add the hot pasta. The heat from the pasta warms up the tomatoes, basil and greens perfectly.  Enjoy this delicious dish warm for dinner tonight and chilled for lunch tomorrow.
10 Minute Summer Pasta for a Fast and Easy Dinner

  • 1 pound of campanella, penne or any shape pasta you'd like. 
  • 6 large roma tomatoes or 4 large regular tomatoes
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic crushed and minced
  • 1/3 cup chopped basil leaves or 1 TBS of  Gourmet Garden Basil.
  • 2 cups of super greens or spinach and or arugula
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 3 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • 1- 1 1/2 tsp of salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp of oregano or italian herb blend

  • 1 TBS kosher salt for the pasta water

    1. Bring 4 quarts of water to a full  boil with 1 TBS kosher salt or 1 1/2 tsp regular salt in the water
    2. Add Pasta to the water and cook for the recommended time until al dente 
    3. While the pasta cooks- Cut up the tomatoes into bite size pieces and place into a large serving bowl. Leave room to toss it all together- unlike the one in my picture!
    4. Add the chopped basil and the greens to the bowl
    5. Add the feta to the bowl
    6. 10 Minute Summer Pasta- Fast and Easy
    7. In another small bowl - or you can just dump it on top of the pasta. 
    8. Mix the olive oil, minced garlic, 1 tsp salt, pepper and herbs together. 
    9. Once the pasta is cooked, drain and add it to the bowl right on top of the tomatoes, greens and feta.

    10. 10 Minute Summer Pasta Fast and Easy
    11. Pour the oil blend on top and toss to combine. 
    12. Serve with some warm bread and you're already done! 

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