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Summer pesto pasta

August 9, 2010
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Summer Pesto Pasta

Well, it’s official.  If I doubted it before now, I don’t anymore.  I am officially a food blogging fanatic.  This, according to my husband.  Perhaps you can relate.

Here’s the list of evidence, as shared during dinner:

  • Has my family ever had to wait for their dinner while I took pictures?  Yes.
  • Do I try to save at least one slice of cake, even when we have guests, so I can get a shot of it?  Mm-hmm.  (And lest we forget… yes, I also salvaged a cake partially eaten by my dog, served the “good parts,” and still got a good photo of it.)
  • Do I long for a kitchen full of natural light and a new dslr camera?  You betcha.
  • Did I pick out this pasta just because I saw it and thought it was pretty?  Um.  Well, it looked like teeny tiny cornucopias!  What was I supposed to do?  Sigh.

Enough already!  Okay, okay!  I’m guilty.  I’m definitely, beyond a shadow of a doubt, a food blogging fanatic.  Mwa-ha-ha!

But you know what?  I’m okay with that because I’ve had such a blast working on this little blog of mine.  I’ve broadened my tastes and introduced my family to new foods.  I’m not scared of baking with yeast anymore.  I’ve even made my own pasta!  I’ve met great people and shared good food.  And my mom even calls me for baking advice on occasion.  Now that’s pretty cool.  And a little disconcerting, but still.

As I was being harassed trying to get a photo of this pasta dish (blame Jim for the mediocre shot), he got the sarcastically bright idea that he should start a blog of his own.  One that caters to the spouses of food bloggers.  His posts would be about eating cold meals or having a sprig of parsley or mint on everything.  You know… telling the real story.  We laughed over the idea, but it really would be amusing, don’t you think?

Right now, though, let me tell you about this summer pesto pasta.  It came together in 10 minutes and was really good.  My kids even ate it with minimal bribes and threats, so that’s definitely a selling point.  If you’re looking for a meal that you can put together in a rush, this is it, and I think it would work just as well with whatever vegetables you have in your crisper.  Or add some grilled chicken for an even heartier dinner.  Don’t forget to top it off with a sprinkling of shredded parmesan cheese and some black pepper.

(Oh, and one more thing, this is one of those pasta meals I love because we ate it hot for dinner and served the leftovers cold as a pasta salad.  I did prefer it hot because I’m not usually a fan of cold pasta, but Jim is and he enjoyed it both times.)

{one year ago:  zucchini patties}

Recipe:  Summer Pesto Pasta

(adapted from Gourmet)

6 bacon slices

1 lb. dried pasta

1 bag of frozen corn  (or 3 ears of corn, kernels removed)

1 1/2 lb. zucchini, chopped into 1/2″ pieces

1 5-7 oz. container of pre-made basil pesto

Parmesan cheese, to garnish

Cook bacon in the microwave or in a heavy skillet, until crisp.  Drain on paper towels; set aside.  (If using a skillet, discard drippings.)

Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions until al dente.  Reserve 1/2 c. of the cooking water from the pasta.  When the pasta is al dente, add vegetable to pasta pot and cook for 2 minutes.  (Water will stop boiling.)  Drain.

Return pasta and vegetables to the pot and mix in pesto and cooking water until coated OR add pasta with vegetables to the skillet, along with pesto and reserved cooking water.  Toss to coat.  Top with crumbled bacon, freshly ground pepper, and Parmesan cheese.

14 Comments leave one →
  1. August 9, 2010 8:15 am

    What a lovely fresh flavoured pasta dish and anything with crispy bacon will be a hit with my husband, so a double bonus!
    :-) Mandy

  2. August 9, 2010 10:54 am

    Sounds delicious! I love summer salads you can serve both hot and cold! My boyfriend would probably agree Im a food blogging fanatic as well!

  3. August 9, 2010 11:41 am

    Pasta, pesto and bacon–looks like heaven on a plate!

  4. ezsrecipes permalink
    August 9, 2010 12:18 pm

    Oh man, this looks delicious. I am totally adding this to my list of things to make in the near future… in spite of the tons of cookbooks in my possession, I have been in a creative slump lately!

  5. August 9, 2010 4:12 pm

    I’m guilty of being a semi-obsessed blogger too…my husband often has to wait for me to snap pictures before we sit down to eat. But I don’t feel too bad for him…he gets dinner cooked for him, after all! Anyway, this pasta looks great–I think I remember coming across this myself. Sigh…I miss gourmet.

  6. August 9, 2010 5:54 pm

    it IS a pretty dish–i love the golden kernels of corn especially. great dish, both in appearance and flavors!

  7. August 9, 2010 7:25 pm

    Michelle, I’m dying over this latest post. Your husband and mine should talk. I’m only a few months into my blog and my Matt is wondering when the novelty will wear off-uh, never!

    As for the food, I love it. It’s actually, perfect for Matt to, so I’m sure to please him with this one.

  8. August 9, 2010 9:04 pm

    This looks really yummy!!! I totally looked at the teeny tiny cornucopia noodles and thought that I had to make it! And I love your hubby’s idea about his blog! All the food blog spouses can unite and form a group. We may need a food bloggers anonymous group though because I totally hear ya sister!!

    Great pasta and thanks for sharing!

  9. August 10, 2010 3:17 pm

    That would be so flippin’ funny if Jim started a foodie spouse’s blog. Tell him to do it! Tell him….I’d totally read it. :)

    I really had a good chuckle at this post….almost got myself in trouble at work. LOL No laughing allowed. :)

    Your pasta looks great! Definitely something I think all my guys would love especially if I use orzo. They love it.

  10. August 10, 2010 6:00 pm

    ha ha ha! You crack me up Michelle. I would so read Jim’s blog!

    Just the other day I was making somethins with pasta and I thought it was rally pretty so I saved it for a future blogging post :-)

    And the answer to all those questions- YES!

  11. Dani Lawton permalink
    August 10, 2010 6:57 pm

    Looks yummy and I bet I could even get the kids to eat it.

  12. oneordinaryday permalink
    August 12, 2010 4:23 pm

    Mandy – I totally agree that bacon kicks up any dish. Loved that salty, crunchy touch.

    Krystle – As hot as it’s been this summer, I love the idea of cooking once and feeding us twice. Bonus!

    Sarah – Thanks!

    EZRecipes – I have a pretty lengthy list of online/blogger recipes to try too, while my cookbooks seem to be collecting dust. : )

    Hungry Dog – Maybe your hubby will read Jim’s blog then. haha

    Grace – Thank you!

    Naomi – So maybe there IS a readership for Jim’s blogging idea? Too funny.

    Maranda – Food Bloggers Anonymous!! LOL FBA – love it.

    Ingrid – I’ll pass your encouragement on to Jim. : )

    Monica – Haha! I tried to tell him it isn’t just me, but he doesn’t believe me. I’m showing him all these comments!!

    Dan – My kids liked it, so I bet you could get yours on board.

    ~ Michelle

  13. August 13, 2010 6:57 pm

    I love pesto and this recipe and dish look fabulous.
    Well I for one am glad you started this blog and are obsessed with it. All the better for me (smile). And tell Jim that I think you really need a DSLR camera.

  14. ezsrecipes permalink
    August 17, 2010 3:05 pm

    I plan on making this tomorrow, so I re-read this post. I was so excited about the recipe itself I didn’t pay attention to your list of reasons why you’re a food blogging fanatic. I can totally relate. When we had friends over for dinner a couple weeks ago when I made my baked salmon dish, I left the dinner table when I realized I hadn’t photographed the salmon yet! ;)

    I will be posting this recipe on my blog this week and linking back to you, so keep an eye out!

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