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5 Scrumptious Summer Garden Pastas

Aug 3, 2011 at 11:11 AM Chime in now

Lemon linguini

MAYA VISNYEI

Sweet Potato 5: Summer Pastas

By LAURA KEOGH, Sweet Potato Chronicles

Sweet Potato Chronicles was founded on the premise that if you get kids involved in the process of cooking – make it fun and engaging – then you're more likely to get them to eat the meal. Hell, you may even have a few less battles over the Brussels sprouts. However, if I ever tell you to spend an afternoon crafting homemade pasta (not that there's anything wrong with that) you have my permission to send me your grocery bill, for the year.  I have yet to meet a kid who hates pasta and needs an incentive to eat it. In fact, a lot of parents I know wish they could break their kids of their mac and cheese habit. (Do you think there's a support group for that?) However, pasta dinners that come from a garden instead of a box are always a good thing. This time of year, there is no shortage of healthy, seasonal ingredients. Tossed with your favourite noodle, you can make a delicious pasta dinner that comes together in the time it takes to stir-up one from a box. I swear.

Here are some of our favourite summer pasta recipes, starting with Lemon Linguini, perfect for any one who has a hankering for a light tasting, creamy meal.

Lemon Linguini

Ingredients

1 500 gram package of linguini or spaghetti
3  lemons juiced (1 zested)
6 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
handful of basil, washed and sliced into strips (chiffonade if you’re feeling fancy)
salt and pepper to taste

Method:

1. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Scoop out about a cup or two of the water before draining.

2. While pasta is doing its thing: mix lemon juice, zest, oil, parmesan in a bowl. It will make a pretty gloppy sauce.

3. Place drained pasta back into pot. Pour that gloppy goodness over the pasta and toss well until the cheese melts and each strand of pasta is well coated. You can add a bit of cooking water if you need to loosen up your sauce. Toss in the basil and toss again.

4. Use tongs to grab up a the noodles and twirl them onto the plate. The latest issue of Bon Appetit – with the amazing ed Adam Rappaport newly at the helm – is full of great tips for elevating simple pasta dishes, like the twirling one I’ve just poached. Or you can look online at their great video demos. Sprinkle a little extra grated Parm over top at the table.

And here are four more quick and easy summer pastas to enjoy this week!
 

Spelt Penne with Broccoli and Feta
A fast and creamy meal that delivers lots of vitamin C. Thank you, dear friend, broccoli.

Pumpkin and Sage Cannelloni
A dish that will appeal to kids and adults alike.

Kale Pasta
Makes getting your greens as easy as, well, the 15 minutes it will take you to prepare the dish. I believe that's easier than pie!

Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
A vitamin A-rich version of your kid's addiction.

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Beat the Heat With 4 Homemade Frozen Desserts (and 1 Breakfast!)
 


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