This one’s for all you kids with gardens out there. I know this time of year can be a bit of a struggle because you want to dive head-first into a pile of pumpkin spice anything, but you’ve still got a bunch of “summer produce” hanging around.
I’m here to help! Well, actually Ina Garten is here to help since this is based off one of her dishes. While she’s never steered me wrong (she is my queen, after all), I still found myself pleasantly surprised at how tasty this was because it’s so unbelievably simple!
This recipe calls for cherry tomatoes, but you could definitely use other types if that’s what you have. Or even a mix – literally just throw whatever you have that you want to use up in the bowl. The rest of the ingredients are simple, and quite possibly in your kitchen right now: olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, parmesan, basil and pasta.
Or in my case, zucchini noodles (zoodles!).
My initial plan included making this dish with real pasta and then inviting some friends over to share. But after I started marinating the tomatoes, my introvert-ness suddenly came to play and I just didn’t feel like being social anymore (I know I’m not the only one who is this way. No shame!). I decided to use zoodles instead because I really didn’t need to take down an entire bowl of pasta myself.
Plus zoodles is a fun word to say. ZOOOOOODLES.
I ended up throwing in a couple handfuls of spinach as well so this dish took a healthy turn that I am not mad about. It kept well in the fridge for DAYS, and was good cold, at room temperature and/or warmed up. A couple of times I threw a little burrata in for good measure and then pat myself on the back for the good decisions.
Of course this would be extra delicious with real pasta. Ina uses angel hair, but I think any type you have on hand will be good. This really is the perfect dish to use up whatever you have at home. I’m a weirdo that loves to grocery shop, but it’s a special day when I can make a meal without having to take a trip to the store.
And now that we’ve used up the entire garden, we can feel good about that dive into pumpkin.