Wednesday, October 9, 2013

GARDEN FRESH PASTA PRIMAVERA RECIPE

Thought it was time for another recipe/food idea.

And this is one of my new favorite dishes.  We love it because you can use just about any fresh vegetable, though this combination is our favorite.  And what makes it great is that it's just fresh veggies, they aren't even cooked!  Below is a bowl of tomatoes, squash, zucchini and bell peppers.  Here is how we did it:

Garden Fresh Pasta Primavera
We went to the Farmer's Market and picked up some fresh veggies; 3 yellow squash, a package of cherry tomatoes (pint), 3 zucchini, and a bag of assorted yellow, orange and red mini bell peppers
(since they are minis, we used about 8 of them).

We also grabbed a container of fresh basil pesto (4 oz container) and a package of dried spaghetti.

We cut the cherry tomatoes in half and then sliced all the vegetables into long, thin strips (a mandolin slicer with the julienne setting made it very easy).  It's most important to cut them this way so that they soften and will semi cook when the hot pasta is added to them.  Otherwise, you will end up with crunchy raw vegetables and this dish works better when they are softened.

We put them in a bowl and poured the pesto over them (photo above), stirring it all to mix it up.  While we were cutting the vegetables, we boiled some salted water and cooked the spaghetti until done.

We drained the pasta, reserved a 1/2 cup of liquid, and then immediately put the still hot pasta into the vegetable/pesto mixture and stirred.  The heat from the pasta softens the thinly sliced veggies and warms them up.  It also melts the pesto.  Next, we poured in a bit of the reserved pasta water until we created a sort of sauce with the pesto in a consistency we liked
(this part is entirely optional).

Then we just dished it into some bowls and ate it up
(a few Parmesan shavings were put on this dish after the photo was taken).

Garden Fresh Pasta Primavera
Fresh veggies never tasted better!

2nd Man makes fresh pasta often, check.  I know basil will grow well at the farm, check.  Now we just need the veggies.  Can't wait till next Spring, check.

16 comments:

Sandy said...

1st Man,

Come spring, you'll have a lovely vegetable garden :-)

Bacon said...

Thats looks delicious. I think it would work great highlighted in my new blog series: Grow it! Cook it! Eat it! Live it!. I would be honoured if you would link up to it.

http://liveintheyard.blogspot.ca/2013/10/leek-potato-soup-with-crispy-bacon-and.html

The Stay @ Home-Gardener said...

Fresh pasta. I'll have to look into that. As it is easier to store bulk flour or wheat berries which last forever in that state.

Amy Lou said...

That does it. I have to get a mandolin slicer. I've been wanting to. Now I must. And this is the first recipe I'll make with it. Mmmm. Pesto. Thanks!

Terethestar said...

Now I'm hungry again! This looks delicious!!!

1st Man said...

From your lips to God's ears! :-) The planning is going on now, drip irrigation system is on order. Going to mow it all down and clean it up this weekend.

1st Man said...

OK, you are going to have to help me with this. I have had requests for link ups and linky events but I can honestly say I'm not sure how it works? What do I need to do here? Or on your blog? Feel free to email me using the button over at the side. By the way, your soup looks great!!

1st Man said...

Oh, there is nothing better than homemade pasta, it's so good. And you're right, easy to store the bulk ingredients. Then just make it as you need it. That's not to say we don't use dry, we use it just as often, fresh is more a treat from time to time, ha.

1st Man said...

Ha, thanks. The mandolin works wonders. We put off getting one for a long time and now we don't know how we did without it. Hope you enjoy. It's a fresh, healthy (reasonably) meal. Enjoy!! (and welcome by the way!!)

1st Man said...

Hungry? At midnight? Ha, ditto, me too. :-)

mugwump said...

yum.

Tonya @ My Cozy Little Farmhouse said...

YUMMY! And I am hungry now too!

Anonymous said...

Brilliant site, absolutely love it. I hope this gets published. I wrote on the Red Cargo Rice, sharing a fast and very easy recipe for red cargo fried rice but it did not get published. Wonder what I did wrong. Cheers! June

1st Man said...

Thanks!! Yummy yummy!

1st Man said...

Hello! Comments on older posts are moderated because of spam, I bet it's in my moderation folder. I'll go check and post it for you. Welcome and thank you!!!

Kelly said...

This looks mahvelous!!