Saturday, July 27, 2019

#Cherry Tomato & Garlic Pasta by @Denise Swanson

I have to admit that sometimes I try recipes that I don't think will be absolutely yummy. If they're easy, healthy, and/or I have all the ingredients, I figure good is good enough. But this easy and healthy pasta recipe really surprised me and it only takes 20 minutes! 

8 ounces penne pasta (I use Dreamfields Low=Carb Pasta) 
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups cherry tomatoes
2 medium yellow squash, halved and sliced ¼ inch thick
¾ teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped fresh basil
1 cup mini mozzarella balls 
¼ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions. Reserve ¼ cup cooking water, then drain the pasta and cover to keep warm.

While pasta is cooking, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic, reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring, until it begins to soften and turn light golden, about 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, squash, and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the squash softens and the tomatoes begin to burst, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

Add the pasta and reserved cooking water to the pan along with basil and mozzarella. Toss to combine. 

Serve topped with Parmesan.



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  1. Looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe

    1. You are very welcome! It's a really tasty dish!

  2. I've never tried the low carb pasta. How is it?

    1. I can't taste the difference. It is a bit more expensive, but I watch the sales. Also it is VERY important not to overcook it.

  3. Isn't it wonderful when an "I have these ingredients, let's see what I can make" moment turns out easy and tasty?

  4. Darn! I have some of the fixings but not all. Looks delicious.

    1. If it's the mozzarella balls , you can substitute shredded mozzarella.

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