Saturday, June 27, 2015

GOTTA LOVE THAT PASTA!

  By Mary Kennedy
 
            
If you've been following this blog for the past couple of weeks, you know I've been on a pasta kick. Lovin' all kinds of pasta including "zucchini pasta" which is made with a spiralizer. 

But it seems that not everyone is a fan of "veggie pasta." That's okay! I thought we'd get back to basics today with a great recipe for "real" penne pasta with a cherry tomato sauce. It's a great way to put all that basil to use, and you'll love the home-made sauce--the tomatoes give such a delicate, sweet taste. Guaranteed to please. So snip some of the basil and let's get started. (remember to snip leaves from the top of the basil plant, not the sides, if you want it to branch out.) See the four leaves at the top forming a cross in the photo below? That's what you want to snip! Hold the four leaves in one hand and cut the stem right beneath them with a scissors.
                                                         
                                                    
This recipe uses penne pasta but you can use any kind you like. It's very simple and I think you'll love it.                                             
                                                            
 
Ingredients:
 
1 pound penne pasta
3 garlic cloves, minced.
1 (10 ounce container) cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup parmesan cheese
 
Directions: Cook pasta according to package directions. Add minced garlic. cherry tomatoes and fresh basil to your blender or food processor and hit "puree." Stop before the mixture is completely liquefied. You want a sauce with some texture. Add the olive oil and half the parmesan cheese and puree until combined. Add salt and pepper, if desired. Drain the pasta and top with sauce. Sprinkle remaining parmesan cheese on top. Enjoy!
 
Hope you are enjoying these pasta recipes. I made a delicious lasagna today using thin slices of zucchini in place of lasagna noodles. If there's enough interest, I'll post the recipe next week, and add a "zucchini manicotti" that is excellent. Thank for stopping by and I hope everyone is having a great summer!
 
Mary Kennedy


14 comments:

Anonymous said...

This sounds really good and very easy. Yes please on the zucchini lasagna and manicotti. Mary---I also wanted to tell you that I finally got a chance to make the quiche which you featured at Easter. As advertised, it was easy and so good. I especially liked it cold. I did figure out that I needed to whisk the egg mixture before I added the cheese as the mayo and cornstarch were a bit lumpy. The recipe went in my cookbook. Cordella

Vickie Fee said...

This looks delicious. I second the motion for the zucchini lasagna recipe!

Lynda Turpin said...

This looks yummy Mary. I copied it off so I can put it with my other pasta recipes to try when I have a chance. Thanks for sharing.

mary kennedy said...

So glad you like it, Lynda, it's a nice dish to try when cherry tomatoes are in season. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week-end.

mary kennedy said...

Hi Vickie, I'll make sure to post it, it's delish!

mary kennedy said...

HI Cordella, so glad you like the quiche, it is my fave! I'll be sure to post the zucchini recipe, I made it last night. Thanks for stopping by.

Gram said...

Yes, all zucchini recipes welcome. Thanks.

mary kennedy said...

Glad you like them, Gram!!

Margaret said...

Ah pasta! They are calling for clouds, rain and cool temps this week end; sounds like perfect weather for pasta. Your recipe is so quick and easy. Pasta is definitly one of my favorite comfort foods.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks for the great tips, once again, Mary! I have been loving these posts.

XO

mary kennedy said...

Hi MJ, thanks for stopping by, glad you are a pasta fan!

mary kennedy said...

Hi Margaret, I love it, too! I think I could eat it every single day. Thanks for stopping by.

Aurian said...

I do love pasta, but my boyfriend is the pasta chef of the two of us. Still, I prefer real pasta over veggies any day.

mary kennedy said...

I hear ya, Aurian. Real pasta is delicious!