Monday, July 26, 2010

The Perfect Summer Pasta

We just arrived home from a week at the beach. My goodness it was H-O-T. We vacationed with family, which meant that I had many many hands who were eager to hold TGB.

Many hands also meant that my husband and I could sneak off for a run together in the mornings. He suggested we run on the beach. Sounds romantic right? A nice, quiet morning run beach side with your love? No. Not at all. Running on the beach is definitely more romanticized in my head then in real life. Running on the beach is HARD!! The beach we were at was slanted so one of my hips was constantly beating the ground at an angle for the entire run. We would hit random patches of quick sand where it felt like you were dragging your feet with lead weights on each side, and there is absolutely no reprieve from the sun! The only redeeming factor was that as soon as the run was over I could dive right into the ocean. All in all, I'm going to say I much prefer walking on the beach. With some pinot grigio.

We came back home to absolutely brutal heat. Its a lot more unbearable when there is no ocean to jump into. I found corn in this week's CSA box, further proof that we are in the midst of the hottest month of the summer. I love this recipe so much because the three main ingredients, corn, tomatoes, and basil are in prime season right now!! You can get them at their absolute freshest from your farmer's market, or at their absolute cheapest at the grocery store :)

Thanks to Judy DelliColli for this great recipe!!

Summer Pasta

Spaghetti or Linguine, cooked and ready to go
2-3 ears of corn, blanched and then kernels removed
***Time saving tip... cook the pasta in the same pot that you boil the corn in***
2 ripe summer tomatoes, cut into big pieces
a big fresh bunch of basil
4-6 oz of fresh buffo mozzarella
balsamic vinegar
half a lemon
chopped garlic

Add a small bit of EVOO to a hot skillet. Quickly saute corn kernels with some fresh garlic... I used my new garlic press from PC which I am obsessed with.

Of course you could totally use a can of corn if you were in a pinch.
Add the tomatoes

Then throw in a few handfuls of pasta

And then the basil. Throw in about 2 to 3 tablespoons of balsamic. The original recipe didn't have this but I thought it sounded good. I also added half a lemon because I felt like it.

Turn off the heat and add the mozzarella. Toss it all around.

And serve it up.... sooo fresh tasting, easy, and seasonal. Loved it!


The Samsons said...

YUMmmm!!! i'm making this asap!

Rebecca Samson said...

I would have totally made this tonight but as we speak I'm making another one of your recipes :)Maybe tomorrow!

busyrunningmama said...

The pasta looks awesome! I will be trying this one for sure! Thanks for sharing!,

Julie said...

another YUM!

Heather said...

This looks really good, thanks for sharing the recipe.

The Claybornes said...

making this tonight!!!! so excited :)

Laura Villarreal said...

This pasta will forever remind me of KDC's birthday! I think balsamic and lemon would make it extra tasty!

JennHedges said...

This looks awesome! I am deff gonna have to make this one :)