August 1, 2010

Summer Garden Pasta

I was recently given a gift certificate for Indigo and I knew exactly what I wanted to buy -- a cookbook by Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa. For years, I have enjoyed watching her on the Food Network for her simple, classic recipes and she always just looks so happy cooking! Though I guess if I had her kitchen in the Hamptons, I might too!

Anyway, so I just got two of her books in the mail and they are beautiful. Nice glossy pages with beautiful photos and I was immediately inspired to make three dishes of hers and they were all easy and full of flavour.

The first I made was the summer garden pasta. Angel hair pasta topped with a simple mixture of cherry tomatoes, olive oil, fresh basil and garlic. You had to marinade the sauce for a few hours before so all the flavours infused together and it smelled like nothing else. I couldn't wait to eat this one!

Adapted from The Barefoot Contessa at Home
  • fresh angel hair pasta (make your own using this recipe)
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves freshly minced garlic
  • 10 leaves fresh basil, chiffonaded
  • 1 cup grated fresh parmesan
  • salt and pepper to taste

  • In a bowl, combine cherry tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, basil and salt and pepper. Toss and let sit for about four hours.
  • Bring large pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta. Drain.
  • Put tomato mixure in a large pan and warm. Add in pasta and toss, fully coating pasta. Add parmesan and stir, letting it melt throughout.
  • Serve warm with more parmesan and basil for presentation.


  1. Wow! this looks delicious, I'm definitly going to try this one.

  2. So I did make this one tonight, and it is delicious. But the next time I make it I'm going to add boccaccini and maybe even some seared beef, if I'm really hungry.

  3. Patti, that sounds delicious! The second night we had it we added some grilled chicken to it, too, and it was wonderful.

  4. Very impressive . . . and you also made your own pasta!!!



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