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Summer Pasta

This last week devoured me, luckily I came out alive. Let me explain, this past week has been finals week and I had a final project also due for one class.  I don’t understand the professors that have huge projects due on the day of the final AND a final on top of it.  UGH> But now I’m done and officially on summer vacation! Yay!

I haven’t been cooking anything lately since I’ve been studying for finals, but lets go back in time, shall we? To last weekend, my friends. I spent the weekend before my finals (not studying!) at my friend Megan‘s house up in Petaluma. She’s one of my top five people. No joke. She’s an amazingly loving person, AND she has amazing style. She takes my charity case shopping to find clothes that don’t fit into these categories: jeans, t-shirts, sweats. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking anyone for wearing those things but it’s seriously ALL I wear. I hate shopping, Megan loves it, so I make her pick out things for me to try on. It works out and I always end up with something adorable. The best part of this story is that she’s married to my boyfriend’s brother so she’s kinda stuck with my horrific fashion-sense for the foreseeable future.

That weekend we cooked and watched a really really really old tv show, Roswell. Did anyone watch it besides us? I adore that tv show. I was so heart broken when it went off the air.

Anywhooo. We made this amazing pasta dish:I fully realize the picture isn’t all that appetizing, but let me tell you the pasta itself was awesome. Angel Hair pasta with, basil, tomatoes, garlic, caramelized onions, and mozzarella. It was light and oh so flavorful. It would make a great summer dinner dish. The hot caramelized onions and warm noodles slightly wilted the basil making them even more fragrant and slightly warmed the fresh mozzarella. I happen to love balsamic vinegar so I poured some on top of mine as a sauce. If you like tangy, I’d go that route. Megan, however, doesn’t like tangy, so she just ate the pasta by itself and said it was amazing that way too.

If summer would ever get here. It’s only been reaching the high 60s low 70s here in California. I didn’t sign up for this.  Where’d my summer go?

Speaking of summer, this dish also makes an awesome cold pasta salad. Although, I might switch up the angel hair pasta for bow ties if I were going to use it as a cold pasta salad. Oh heck, I’d even put the bow ties in it if I were going to eat it hot. I like bow ties. They make pasta look classy and ready for a night out on the town.

Summer Pasta

4-6 servings

1 pound of pasta (angel hair, bow ties. Whatever floats your boat).

12 oz fresh mozzarella

1 bunch fresh basil

1 large onion

1 head of garlic (use as much or as little as you like. Megan and I loooooove garlic so I think we put about 3/4 of a head of garlic in our pasta :P)

3-4 Roma Tomoates

2 tbsp olive oil

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. While waiting for the water to boil, chop the onions and garlic.  Heat up a the two tablespoons of olive oil in a pan. Cook the onions until they start to become translucent and then add in garlic. Continue cooking onions until they are delightfully caramelized. Add the pasta to the water once it boils.

While waiting for the pasta to cook and the onions to caramelize, chop up the tomatoes and mozzarella into chunks. Small, large, whatever floats your boat. If you want, mince some more garlic to throw in to the mix. If you like raw garlic that is. Rip the basil in to pieces. You could also use a knife.

Drain the pasta. Mix the pasta, basil, tomatoes, mozzarella, and caramelized onions together. Serve in bowls and dig in! You can also drizzle balsamic vinegar over it for a caprese salad kind of feel.

5 comments to Summer Pasta

  • I love the simplicity of this dish! This is my favorite kind of summer dish! And personally I’d use two cloves of garlic. :-). Thus dish automatically makes me a fan of your site!

  • Ok… Just read that post and now realize it’s not a good idea to type comments on an iPhone :-)

  • Rene

    Thanks for stopping by, Brian! I love these kinds of summer dishes too.

    Here’s a similar recipe – http://epicbaker.com/2009/10/caprese-esque-pasta/ if you want to take a look :)

  • I disagree…your pasta looks amazing, and I’m sure only tastes better. I love the snap shot of your friend, she looks adorable. And yes, I’m all about the garlic :)

    • Rene

      Aww shucks, Monet. Thanks so much for compliment! I definitely looked a lot better in person. I need to figure out how to photograph pasta better since I eat it so much. Ha!