Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Pasta with Zucchini, Yellow Squash and Toasted Almonds

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Created to use up that abundance of summer squash and cherry tomatoes, this colorful dish uses fresh linguine from the grocery store to make a quick meal even quicker. Toasted almonds add some crunch. Perfect for a vegetable main dish or as a side. Adapted from Cooking Light. Serves 4.

Pasta with Zucchini, Yellow Squash and Toasted Almonds

2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons minced shallots
1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon sugar
5 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 (9-ounce) package refrigerated linguine or fettuccine
1 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
1 1/2 cups chopped zucchini (about 1/2 pound)
1 1/2 cups chopped yellow squash (about 1/2 pound)
3/4 cup chicken broth
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, divided
1/3 cup (1 1/2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted

Combine cherry tomatoes, shallots,thyme lime juice, salt,pepper and sugar in a medium bowl. Add 2 teaspoons oil, toss to coat.

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain well.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add remaining one tablespoon oil to pan. Add garlic to pan, saute 30 seconds. Add zucchini and yellow squash, saute 3 minutes or until crisp tender. Add broth, bring to a simmer. Stir in pasta and 1 1/2 tablespoons basil. Toss well.

Remove from heat, stir in tomato mixture. Place 1 1/2 cups pasta mixture in each bowl, top with remaining basil. Sprinkle each serving with 1 1/2 tablespoons basil, top with cheese and toasted almonds.

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Sweet as Coco said...

This looks so nice and light and perfect for summer!!

A Year on the Grill said...

You have an amazing looking site. Such beautiful photographs. I have been a lurker for awhile, and just wanted to say HI.

I plan on cooking up your Shrimp and Grits recipe from yesterday very soon.

Thanks for your terrific effort


3busybs said...

Hey there! I made this for dinner tonight. I am wondering when/where I was supposed to add the sugar? I didnt add it to tonights dish.


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