Friday, July 23, 2010

Friday: Tomato and Basil Summer Pasta

Sarah made this last summer for the first time and it has since been a hit. I was craving it, especially since the basil in my garden is over flowing and needed to be used.

This meal is tasty. When Sarah makes it she uses chicken, which is delicious! I had already used meat this week and opted for a vegetarian version. It was still a power-house of flavor without the chicken so I highly recommend this meal either way!

What you need:
Fresh Basil
Olive Oil
Italian Dressing
Fresh Romano Cheese

1. Whatever pasta you choose, bring it to a boil. Cook it al dente. Drain and set aside.
2. Chop up your tomatoes and basil real nice. Add them to a bit of olive oil in and saute them to really bring out the flavor. They make such a bright dish!

3. Combine the tomato/basil mixture to the pasta. Stir in a bit of Italian dressing. Add the grated Romano.

Toss, serve, and enjoy a summer day!
We enjoyed this with just picked squash that I steamed and a nice garden salad thanks to the CSA box!

Tip~ Baby food idea~ if you are feeding a little one who is ready for this type of food a nice idea is to steam some organic squash, mash or puree it, add a little pastured butter for that healthy fat and serve to the bouncing baby...or serve to the baby wearing the wig. Either way, they just might like it.


amanda said...

This is so simple and I'm sure it's delicious. Basil and tomatoes are such a classic combo!

MommaHughes said...

Katie, Did you use pasta or rice for this one?

Ethiopianmomma said...

Good Question, Alisha. I used pasta. It was ORZO which is a rice like pasta, very good and very moist!
I bought a bag of organic orzo from our natural food store for $2. One bag, cant recall how many ounces, made this dish with several helpings of leftovers! Very tasty and worth the cost.