Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Zucchini Pasta Primavera

This was our first dish made from our huge stash.  Now, believe it or not, even though my husband has a culinary arts degree, I do most of the cooking - including this dish.  Since I recently quit working to stay at home with our kids (and relocated from Florida to Utah) this is our compromise!

This was super easy and really delicious.  And with a minor adjustment, I even got the kids to eat some of it - especially my youngest.

Here's what I used:

1 Zucchini (extra extra large)
4 medium vine ripe tomatoes
1 lb box of spaghetti
1-2 Tbs Herbs de Provence
1-2 tsp Granulated Garlic
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Balsamic Vinegar
Salt & Pepper

Here's what I did:

Slice up the zucchini and tomatoes into large bite sized pieces.  Coat the veggies in the olive oil and sprinkle with the herbs and garlic (and salt & pepper if you so desire).  Spread the veggies on a baking sheet and bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes, stirring/turning once.

While your veggies are cooking, cook up your spaghetti per the instructions on the box.

After the noodles and veggies are cooked, combine and top with a splash (or more) of the Balsamic.

The modification I made for my picky eater included using a hand blender to make her veggies into more of a sauce, and leaving out the balsamic.  My youngest loved it - she loves noodles of any kind.  My oldest ate a few bites before she declared she was done.  I'll take what I can get!

Both variations were delicious, and we even had some leftovers for later in the week.  Definitely on the list to make again.

One Week of Zucchini!

Recently we got a huge stash of zucchini and summer squash from our community garden.  And if the amount of produce we received wasn't enough, the veggies were SUPER SIZED!  

With this in mind, we are planning on eating a lot of this stuff in the coming weeks - especially since I know the garden has more in store for us.  In talking to friends, and looking up recipes on the internet, it seems that an abundance of zukes and summer squash is a pretty common occurrence.  Unfortunately, in my family of four I have one very picky four year old, and a temperamental one year old, so fingers crossed, this goes well!

Stay tuned for updates  on this week's endeavors!