Summertime Pasta Primavera

12 Aug

This is a pasta dish my mom swears by in the summer months because it’s easy, healthy and super fresh! Try it out tonight for dinner, either cold or hot (we serve it hot!) and be creative if you want, substituting different veggies and pasta varieties. Enjoy!

-1 box whole wheat pasta (Use rice pasta if you have a gluten sensitivity)
-1 large tomato, diced
-2 zucchinis, chopped and steamed
-1 cup baby spinach, chopped
-3-5 fresh basil leaves, chopped well
-2 garlic cloves, crushed
-1/4 to 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese (optional)
-2 TB pine nuts (optional)
-1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
-dash of black pepper 
-dash of cajun seasoning (optional)

1. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box, and drain but don’t rinse. Pour into a large bowl. 

2. Steam the zucchini 6 to 8 minutes, and add to the pasta, along with all of the other veggies and herbs. 

3. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese and pine nuts (both optional) on top and then mix those in as well.

4. Serve and enjoy! 

Serving suggestions: This tastes grate alone, as a nice, light summer dinner or paired with an arugula salad made with diced pear, pine nuts and olive oil. 

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