Friday, July 8, 2011

HOT WEATHER PASTA DISH

In the summertime, many people like to take their meals outdoors.  If hot weather is on the brink of being unbearable, you don’t want to be miserable eating piping hot soups and such, because dining should be fun.  Eating with friends or family, enjoying conversation and good food out in fresh air is a lovely experience.

But wait; don’t move the meal indoors just because you are having a pasta meal.  Prepare this exquisite and surprising hot weather pasta dish and get ready to enjoy a refreshing meal al fresco.

This is neither a chilled pasta salad nor hot pasta.  It draws from both to generate a new taste I am sure you will like.

Pasta for hot weather

Ingredients:
1 pound (450g) firm, ripe, fresh plum tomatoes chopped into chunks
1 onion, chopped
6 green olives, pitted
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/3 cup (80ml) chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
3 tablespoons fresh basil, shredded
2 teaspoons (10ml) drained capers
½ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon (15ml) red wine vinegar
½ cup (125ml) good quality olive oil
1 pound (450g) dry pasta of you choice


Method:
  • Combine everything except the vinegar, oil and pasta in a medium size bowl.

  • Sprinkle the vinegar over the tomato mixture.

  • Pour the oil over the mixture, stir thoroughly, and then refrigerate, covered, overnight or at least 8 hours.

  • Just prior to serving, boil the pasta in salted boiling water until tender but still a little firm.

  • Drain the pasta and then toss into the cold marinated tomato sauce.

  • Serve right away


I think what makes this dish unique is the sudden union of cold sauce and hot pasta which releases a captivating, delicious flavour.  You may be pleasantly surprised when you eat it.

 This pasta dish offers a nice light lunch or dinner in the hot weather, but it is very adaptable and can also be used as a dressing for a mixed green salad, or a lovely addition to steamed rice, or as a relish for grilled meats. Enjoy it.

18 comments:

Shellie said...

Ooh, this just makes my mouth water.My family loves almost any kind of pasta dish. I think we must be from a lost race of black Italians. I can't wait to try this one.

Susan Oloier said...

This sounds devine! I need to try this one, for sure.

anthony stemke said...

Shellie: Hmm, a race of lost black Italians. Could be Shellie, I've heard of black Irish cm. But seriously, You will be pleasantly surprised when uoi combine the hot and the cold. Thank You for visiting.

Susan: I can promise you that you will enjoy it on a hot day just as the tipster and I do.
Thank You.

Priya Sreeram said...

looks great !

anthony stemke said...

Priya: Thanks, is.

aipi said...

perfect for a quick fix or a light lunch :)
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hemalata said...

Looks so delicious and healthy pasta dish.

anthony stemke said...

Aipi: That's right, and flavourful too.
Thank You.

Hemalata: You are correct, and not difficult to prepare as well. Thanks for visiting.

Misha said...

This sounds perfect for my attempt at eating healthier foods. Bookmarking this one. :-)

Sarah Naveen said...

Simply delicious..

Indie.Tea said...

Sounds delicious. At first I thought it was a caprese pasta, but the capers sound really delicious, a nice briny counterpart to the pasta itself and the herbs. And it looks just about perfect for the warm weather.

nutschell said...

Okay this just looks so delicious. I just had my lunch and now I'm hungry again thanks to you and this recipe!
must try it soon!
nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

anthony stemke said...

Misha: Yes, keep this in mind, especially during hot weather. If you usually have cold pasta salads at this season (I like chilled pasta salads too), this will be a very pleasant surprise.

Sarah: Very succinctly put, Thank You.

Indie.Tea: Delicious indeed. Ahh, caprese salad with that fresh mozzarella cheese. That too is good,we actually had that the day before yesterday. Thank You for visiting.

Nutschell: If you are dining out in the near future, you will love this.

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious looking pasta colourful

anthony stemke said...

TORVIEWTORONTO: Yes, and refreshingly welcome al fresco.

Gabrielle Evelyn said...

LOL,I cant wait to do it by myself~~


karen millen

anthony stemke said...

GABRIELLE: When you do you'll love it.

anthony stemke said...

GABRIELLE: When you do you'll love it.

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