Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Summer Vegetable Pasta

Nothing screams summer like an abundance of zucchini, squash and basil. Put them to good use in this quick and easy pasta dish.
2 Tips for this recipe:
1. SEASON IT- this one needs salt and pepper. Do NOT skimp on the seasonings. Also, use real basil in this one, not those tubes of the chopped stuff. That works for some recipes, but not this one.
2. I make leftovers to bring to lunch. If you do so as well, do not reheat this dish. Eat it chilled and do not microwave. It ruins the consistency/texture.

Summer Vegetable Pasta
  • 1 pound corkscrew pasta, such as rotini
  • 1/6 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Italian-style breadcrumbs
  • 2 zucchini, thinly sliced in 1/2 moons
  • 1 yellow squash, thinly sliced in 1/2 moons
  • 4 ears corn, kernels scraped off
  • 6 ounces Swiss cheese, shredded
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil


  1. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the pasta until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water and the pot.

  2. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add half of the garlic and cook until golden, about 30 seconds. Stir in the breadcrumbs and remove from the heat.

  3. In the reserved pasta pot, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add the remaining garlic and cook until golden, about 30 seconds; add the zucchini and squash and cook, turning occasionally, until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the corn, cooked pasta and as much of the reserved cup pasta cooking water as you like (I usually use about 1/2 cup). Add 1 cup cheese and toss; season with salt and pepper.

  4. Stir the remaining cheese and the basil into the breadcrumb mixture and sprinkle on top of the pasta.

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