Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Summertime Comfort Food

When I was in the hospital, I hardly ate anything. The food just wasn't very good. I know, hospital food is not supposed to be tasty, but... it seemed especially not tasty. So my appetite was pretty non-existent when I came home. SP and my mom immediately pestered me to eat more. Something about eating will help my hip heal. So I said I wanted pasta. I suspect SP rolled his eyes about a million times, but even he can't complain too much about this pasta dish.
It's loaded with vegetables. Grilled zucchini, roasted red pepper, kalamatas, tomatoes, cucumber, carrots plus lots of fresh herbs (thyme and parsley; no basil because back in early June we didn't have much basil yet) plus a homemade vinaigrette.
We ate the pasta salad with breaded chicken, another one of my favorite comfort foods. It was delicious. I am totally ready for another summertime pasta salad. I never seem to be able to get enough of it. Hopefully, in the coming weeks, we'll be able to put some of our own garden tomatoes, cucumbers, and zucchini in a pasta salad.
I don't follow a recipe, I just add stuff to the pasta and toss it until it looks good!

Approximate recipe:

  • one box pasta (bow ties, twists, gemelli, penne, whatever shape you want)
  • one cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • as many tomatoes as you want; we used nearly an entire package of yellow, orange, and red cherry tomatoes from Costco
  • kalamata olives, pitted and quartered
  • 2 zucchini, sliced, grilled, and then quartered
  • 2 roasted red peppers, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled into salad
  • as many/little herbs as you like - I just keep sprinkling them in and tossing until it looks good to me
  • salt and pepper
  • grated parmesan, as much as you want, or goat cheese or feta cheese
  • vinaigrette (1/2 c olive oil, 1/3 c white wine vinegar, 1 T sugar, 1 t Dijon, 1/2 t paprika; sometimes we double the dressing because our pasta salads are so large and save some dressing in a container for later in the week when the leftover pasta salad starts to absorb all the dressing/dry out) 

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