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Jul 27, 2012

Simple Summer Spaghetti

Sometimes I get so busy during the day that I forget to eat. Totally not ideal.

But when you're cooking, styling and photographing food all day sometimes the last thing you want to do is make yourself lunch or dinner.

For those busy days, there is this simple summer spaghetti.

I found this recipe in a BHG issue a month or two ago. What I love about it is that it's so easy, fresh and you can eat it hot or cold. It has all those summer veggies that you crave this time of year. Even try adding grilled chicken in it for some extra protein and change up the veggies if you'd like.

The fresh basil really makes this dish. I love basil! Not only does it smell heavenly but it tastes amazing too and adds the perfect flavor to so many different dishes and drinks. (Thank goodness I'm Italian and cook with it all the time, I can't get enough of it!)

This spaghetti dish is great to make in bulk for a BBQ/picnic or to keep in the fridge for a few days and munch on.

Simple Summer Spaghetti

12 oz. packaged spaghetti

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

5 cloves garlic, coarsley chopped

Pinch of crushed red pepper, or to taste

2 cups cut-up grilled zucchini and/or summer squash

2 cups red and/or yellow cherry tomatoes, quatered

1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, torn

1/4-1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil or Italian parsley

1.Bring large pot of salted water to a boil. Stir in spaghetti. Cook 9-10 minutes, just until tender. Strain pasta, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid.

2.Meanwhile, in extra-large skillet combine olive oil, garlic and crushed red pepper. Cook over medium heat about 3 minutes, until garlic begins to soften. Do not let garlic brown. Stir in zucchini, squash, tomatoes and torn basil. Season with salt & pepper.

3.Reduce heat to low; stir pasta liquid and spaghetti into vegetables in skillet or large pot. Heat thoroughly. Sprinkle with Parmesan.  Transfer to large serving bowl and sprinkle with chopped fresh basil or parsley. Makes 4-8 servings.


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