Sensational Summer Pasta

Sensational Summer Pasta Recipe

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Lisa Cancilla


This recipe will need to be planned in advance but it is well worth the time. Use your fresh summer basil and tomatoes, either from the farmers market or straight out of your garden.


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  • 1 large
    clove fresh garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • ·
    pine nuts (a good handful)
  • 6
    ripe plum tomatoes (large), diced
  • 1/2 c
    finely shredded fresh basil
  • 16
    black olives, rinsed, drained & quartered (could use kalamata olives)
  • 4 oz
    fresh mozzarella, diced (same size as tomatoes)
  • 1/8 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp
    freshly cracked black pepper
  • 6 tsp
    olive oil
  • 3 tsp
    balsamic vinegar
  • 1 lb
    pasta of choice
  • ·
    parmigiano-reggiano, grated

How to Make Sensational Summer Pasta


  1. 4 to 5 hours (minimum) before serving:
    Place the 3 TBS. olive oil in a small fry pan (the oil should cover the bottom). Dice the large clove of garlic and spread it evenly in the oil. Let this sit until later, so the garlic infuses the oil.
  2. In a glass bowl you can cover with plastic wrap, combine the tomatoes, basil, olives, mozzarella, salt, pepper, garlic powder, 6 tsp. olive oil and 3 tsp.
    balsamic. Stir gently and cover. Leave on the counter at room temp so the flavors meld. Occasionally, give the mixture a gentle stir.
  3. When you are ready to eat, cook the pasta according to package directions. Heat the garlic infused olive oil in the saucepan, and when the garlic begins to get golden, add the pine nuts & cook until lightly browned.
  4. Drain pasta & put in a large serving pasta bowl. Add the room temp. Tomato mixture, and drizzle the hot oil mixture on top. Toss. Serve, and pass the
    Parmigiano Reggiano!
  5. Change it up with a little hot pepper flakes in the hot oil, or sauté some baby Bella mushrooms with garlic and oil as the final drizzle. You can even add grilled steak, chicken or shrimp to this dish.

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About Sensational Summer Pasta

Course/Dish: Pasta Sides
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian

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