Pasta á la SummerAug 02, 2012
Capturing Summer, One Bite at a Time
I just LOVE fresh veggies & herb pasta dishes in the summer. They say SUMMER with every bite! My favorite combination is fresh corn, red bells, zucchini, tomatoes and LOTS of fresh basil! It’s even better when some of these delectables can come from your own backyard! Now I’m going to share a secret with you….my secret ingredient in most of my vegetarian Italian dishes is crushed fennel. This amazing spice gives all the dishes a very hearty Italian flavor that you usually find in Sicilian style dishes….it’s subtle but adds so much flavorful.
Italian Family Tested + Approved 😊
This summer one of my closest friends from highschool/ college came to visit with her family. They are Italian by heritage so I was a little hesitant to make Italian :), but they had been on a big road trip, so I thought maybe some home cooked pasta (a.k.a some comfort food) would be good. I’m thrilled to say that they really enjoyed this dish…best of all they even asked for the recipe :). So this one’s for the Castelli Family! I love you Teresa!
Pasta á la Summer
- 2 fresh cobs of corn, husked, and cut off from the cob
- 1 big red bell peppers (or 2 small), washed and sliced
- 4 cups zucchini, washed and sliced VERY thin
- 3 cups basil, washed and chopped
- 1 cup tomatoes, diced
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon fennel seed, crushed
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 teaspoon salt or to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida or 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 1 lb dry pasta, cooked to the consistency you like (I usually use brown rice pasta and cook the pasta al dente)
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
- In large, deep saucepan heat olive oil on medium. Once heated, add crushed fennel seeds, black pepper, hing/ garlic, then stir gently and add the fresh basil. This step infuses the oil with these amazing flavors.
- Next add red bell peppers and corn and saute for 3-4 minutes.
- Following this add the zucchini and salt, and stir thoroughly. Cover pan with lid for 3 -4 minutes or until zucchini is cooked (this will happen fast because of the thin cut).
- Once veggies are cooked add the pasta and parmesan and then toss gently until completely combined.
- Enjoy immediately!
- Vegan — Replace parmesan with vegan parmesan.
- Gluten Free —If you’re using GF pasta, you’re all set!
- Ayurvedic Tips– Depending on your Ayurvedic Dosha (mind-body type), you can swap out vegetables depending on what suits your body type best.
- Vata– This is a pretty wholesome summertime meal for you! However, if you Vata is aggravated, sweet, sour and salty is what will help balance your dosha. So, be sure not to skimp on the corn, olive oil and parmesan-- all of which can be grounding for you.
- Pitta — If your pitta is aggravated, sweet, bitter and astringent is what will help bring balance to your dosha. So, you can minimize the tomatoes or replace them with artichokes.
- Kapha– if your kapha is aggravated, spicy, bitter and astringent is what will help balance you. You can replace the zuchinni with asparagus or brocolli. Minimize or omit the dairy. And to help with igniting your agin, you can a add red chili flakes at the end.
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