Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Summer Spaghetti

How are you guys doing today? I've been better, since you asked. I read somewhere once that you aren't supposed to complain about things on your blog, which probably isn't the worst advice. Complaining in general is usually rather unproductive (except that it isn't if you really need to vent! Know what I'm sayin'?). Well anyways, my knee is jacked up (I don't know why) and I found out I fractured my right thumb on our sailing trip when I ate it pushing the dinghy off the beach and into the water. I didn't do anything about it until Monday of this week cuz I like to try to be tough about physical injuries to make up for the fact that I'm can be a total baby about emotional injuries (know what I'm sayin'?). Anyways, if there are typos from here on out I'm blaming it on this thumb injury. Fortunately, I can still surf. Maybe I'm not supposed to yet, but I probably will because I'm smart like that. No wonder this thing hasn't healed. Anyways, here's that recipe I mentioned in Thankful Things....

I saw something like it on the cover of a magazine sitting on the counter in the house I nanny and sort of adapted it to us. Because of that, I'm not totally sure about the measurements. I actually thought ours could have used a bit more sauce (Scott is crazy about the stuff). So, my advice is, take these measurements as a general suggestion (or follow the recipe from Real Simple Magazine linked below). 

Serves: probably like 4 -6 people (we ate it for approximately 3 meals)

1 package linguini or spaghetti (whole wheat or not)
3 tablespoons of olive oil
2-3 cloves of garlic
1/2-1 onion, chopped 
4 pints of cherry or grape tomatoes (2 big packages at Trader Joes), halved
2 cups of fresh corn (from 2 ears), grilled
2-3 zucchini, chopped 
2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves
salt and pepper to taste
4 ounces crumbled goat cheese or parmesan (I think I actually like the parmesan better, but the goat cheese is good and creamy and healthy!) 

Cook the linguini according to the package directions. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic, onions, tomatoes, zucchini, oregano, salt and pepper. While you're doing this, grill the corn on the BBQ (I had Scott do this part. If it's tricky to cook the sauce and run the bbq at the same time you can also cook the corn in your pan if you want). Cut the grilled corn off the cob and add it to the sauce. Cook the sauce until the vegetables look tender. Drain the cooked pasta and mix the sauce in. Sprinkle cheese on top and enjoy immediately. 

*Here's the recipe from Real Simple magazine if you want to check that out (they ribbon their zucchini which is fancy).

p.s. our Le Creuset French Oven can be found here (which is an Amazon Associates link, so if you buy it I will get a small commission, which would be much appreciated!). We have it in "Caribbean" and use it often. It's a bit pricey (we received ours as a wedding gift),  but I do have to say that, besides the fact that I love cooking with it, I love the way it looks in our kitchen. I sort of see it as a very functional kitchen decoration (win, win!). Also, shout-out to the Parent family who gave us this awesome pot! Hey guys, thanks :)


  1. I have not been in the mood to cook at all lately, but this sounds perfect for tonight! Thanks for the awesome idea. Here's hoping you heal quickly and feel better :)

  2. YUM! Thanks for sharing. Sorry about your thumb! Take care of yourself!

  3. looks yummy! I always crave pasta in the summer. no, I just always crave pasta.

  4. Girl, you vent as much as you want. It's your blog, darn it, so don't limit yourself with what you're not "supposed" to do. There are too many "blog rules" out there as far as I'm concerned. I'm glad you vented so I can tell you that being hurt sucks, and I feel bad for you:( Hang in there. As hard as it is to take it easy, it will be better in the long run. I'm sure you'll be feeling better in no time:)

    This pasta looks awesome! It looks like it tastes like summer. You know what I mean. I have zero cooking skills, but this may just be a time I have to dust out the old pan and give it a try. Oh, and I wish I would have registered for some cool colored pots for our wedding. Ours are boring and black, so we just stick the dirty ones in our broken oven. That's a good place for them, right?

  5. Oh Devon, that's not a good day at all. Hope everything is mended soon. Don't surf too much until it's all better though, take it a bit easy if you can. The pasta looks wonderful. I have summer vegetables all over the place, as well as some herbs, so I'll give it a try.

  6. 3 words ... Nom Nom Nom!!! But on another note, I know how you feel about going to doctors when you have an idea that you might be injured. All they're going to say is don't do what you were doing (in my case, take a break from dancing) and who wants to be told they can't do the things they like to do most. Hence why I always try to self medicate myself unless the injury is super bad.

  7. Sorry about your injuries Devon. No fun! But that summer spaghetti does look good. I think you deserve to treat yourself to some of those mini chocolate chip cheesecakes to cheer you up. :)

  8. Ooh this looks tasty! Fixing pasta dishes are my go-to for a lazy dinner. Chopping and cutting vegetables and fruits are relaxing to me~
    And thank you for telling us about your thumb injury~ I'm with everyone else in wishing you a quick and thorough recovery~!

  9. Oh my goodness, does that ever look delicious!


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