Thursday, August 09, 2007

Presto Pasta Nights - Zucchini and Tomato Pasta

I'm back from my little hiatus. It was very nice to step away from the computer for a few days, but when it came right down to it, gosh darn it I missed you guys! Things are still very busy around here, but I hope to be able to catch up on blogs in the next couple of days. Thanks to all of you who emailed me on my break. Y'all are so sweet, and I appreciate your thoughtfulness and friendship.


Finally, we've been having the occasional break in the weather and had some cooler days. I know that a few short months from now I'll be freezing instead of boiling and wishing for 36' to come back, but still, it's been sort of nice, especially to be able to get into the kitchen.

It's not new information that I am a big fan of zucchini. We've eaten a whole lot of zucchini this summer and hopefully soon we'll be eating them out of our garden.

This pasta combines many of my favorite things: zucchini, tomatos and Boursin Cheese. Originally I was going to use Parmesan (which would have been wonderful too), but I changed my mind when I saw the Boursin in the store.

This is a fast dish and only takes as long as it takes to cook the pasta. Even if it is hot in the kitchen you won't have to have the stove on for too long.

And not only is this dish delicious, it fits the bill perfectly for Once Upon A Feasts weekly event - Presto Pasta Night.

Zucchini and Tomato Pasta

serves 4-6

2 tb olive oil
2 medium zucchini, cut in half lengthwise then cut into thin half moons
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 largish tomatos, chopped
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped (or use some dried)
4 tb Boursin cheese (or to your taste)
salt and pepper
1 package pasta - i used fusilli

Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Salt the water, add the pasta and cook until done.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large pan and cook the zucchini over medium high heat until soft. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant and the zucchini are just starting to brown. Turn off the burner but leave the pan on the stove. Add the tomatos and basil and mix in. Add in the boursin or cheese of your choice and mix well until the cheese melts and mixes with the tomatos to make a sauce. Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed.

When the pasta is done, drain the noodles and pour into the sauce. Mix well and serve.


Be sure to visit Ruth's on Friday for the Presto Pasta Nights Roundup!


In other news, I have a new post up at Food for Thought on an area of Calgary called International Avenue. We had an awesome time, and I'll be going back there soon to write more about it. Please go and read it!


Edited to add: I'm a Rockin' Girl Blogger! Thanks to Lau at are you gonna eat that? for bestowing this honor on me. It's a badge I will wear proudly. I will follow Lau and induct 3 bloggers to the RGB Hall of Fame...Mary, Lis, and Emmy!

Happy Thursday!


Deborah said...

I love zucchini and just posted about it on my blog! This sounds fabulous!!

Katerina said...

It is totally zucchini posting day I just posted about it too. Man oh man tomatoes, zucchini and boursin how could this be bad?

breadchick said...

That pasta looks so good (and I'm not a huge zuke fan as you know!)

And aw shucks...I'm honoured to be a rockin' girl blogger. Thanks!!

Janet said...

That pasta looks light and refreshing... welcome back from your break!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

My break is lasting longer than I'd like, I'm so glad yours didn't drag on! Zucchini always needs new ways about this time of year.

tigerfish said...

Sara's rockin' again! :D
I'm not a fan of zucchini. Don't know why.

Kevin said...

Looks tasty. I like that the tomato is added after turning the heat off. That should leave it pretty fresh tasting.

Susan said...

Fast to make and delicious? That's my kind of meal. With mounds of summer zucchini calling my name, I'll be sure to try this combination.

Ruth Daniels said...

Congrats on the Rockin Girl Blogger! I couldn't agree more.

Thanks for sharing a great dish with Presto Pasta Nights.

Sara said...

deborah - I'll be heading over to your blog today to see what you did with zucchini.

katerina - you too????? yeah, boursin goes very well with zukes. but what doesn't boursin go with?

mary - thanks!

janet - thank you!

tanna - our zucchini in the garden are not doing well. there will be no overabundance of zucchini at our house.

tigerfish - i am really surprised how many people aren't fans.

kevin - it does.

susan - hope you enjoy it!

ruth - thanks for hosting ppn, glad to be back this week.

Lis said...

Now that looks like yummy pasta! I love fresh zucchini & tomatoes with pasta.. I shall most definitely try this out, thank you!

Awwww me? A rockin' girl blogger? Yay! Thank you, thank you!! I'm gonna go strap on the leather, fluff up my hair and put a few sticks of eyeliner on. :D


Emmy said...

Thank you so much for the Rockin' Girl Blogger nomination. I just blogged about it. I apologize for the delayed thank you. I've hardly been online at all this month but I'm back online now and back to blogging.

Anne said...

a healthy meal to try...