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Italian/ Spring - Summer Special

Spaghetti with Pattypan Squash

My favorite summer pasta toppings include chunky vegetables, a good sauce and aromatic herbs and well seasoned al dante pasta. I like to keep the ratio of pasta and vegetables almost equal, so it’s a plate full of different colors, textures and flavors. Summer Vegetables Spaghetti

It’s almost end of the summer and these beautiful pattypan squash are at their peak season. I just love how they look, bright yellow skin with a small green hat 🙂pattypan Squash

It’a a very simple recipe and perfect for weeknight dinner. You can add all your favorite pasta vegetables in this one pot dish.Spaghetti with Summer Squash

Spaghetti with Pattypan Squash

Spaghetti with Pattypan Squash

Spaghetti topped with marinara sauce and all your favorite vegetables!

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Wash and chopped all vegetables as needed.
  2. Cook spaghetti as per instructions on its packet.
  3. In a big pan, heat some Olive oil and add smashed garlic. If you want take them off before adding other vegetables.
  4. Add other vegetables, and let them cook a bit. Add salt and pepper.summer vegetables
  5. Keep these vegetables aside. In the same pan add 1 tbsp of Olive oil and add marinara sauce and chopped basil leaves. Also add some italian seasoning if you like.
  6. Add cooked vegetables into the sauce and mix well.
  7. Let them cook little more and add cooked spaghetti and toss everything together.
  8. Serve hot, garnish with basil leaves and grated parmesan cheese.Spaghetti with Pattypan Squash
Continental/ Italian

Tomato Basil Pasta

Take a short trip to Italy in the comfort of your own kitchen!

The biggest inspiration for this dish was the delicious pasta made by my friend in almost no time. I have promised him not to mention his name in public. I modified his recipe by adding some vegetables. But otherwise, it’s a very simple recipe and in fact I consider it to be a part of “maggie-league”. It’s that simple and yummy!

I used Barilla Mezze Penne pasta but you can use any other penne pasta and boil it as per the instructions given on the box AL Dante. Most of the ingredients are to taste so just follow your instincts

 

Tomato Basil Pasta

Tomato Basil Pasta

Take a short trip to Italy in the comfort of your own kitchen!

Ingredients:

Instructions:

That may look like a long list but almost all vegetables are optional.

  1. Start boiling the pasta in a pan with some salt added to the water. This is your only chance to add salt to pasta.
  2. In a medium sized pan and add some olive oil and finely chopped garlic on a medium flame. This is the most important step where we flavor the oil with garlic and then Italian seasoning and some basil powder and red chili flakes.
  3. Now add in all vegetables starting with onion, bell pepper and lastly mushrooms. Mushrooms don’t take much time to cook so make sure you add them last. Sauté all vegetables and mix them well.
  4. Stain the boiled pasta.
  5. In another bigger pan, melt some butter on a medium flame. Add the boiled pasta with some salt and black pepper. Mix it well and add the vegetables.
  6. Now it’s time to add the sauces. Vodka sauce has the real taste while Alfredo sauce gives the pasta creamy, buttery texture.
  7. Turn off the heat, add cherry tomatoes, cut in halves and some basil leaves, roughly chopped. You can add oregano and Italian seasoning if you want. The pasta is ready!
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