Sunday, September 27, 2009
Pasta with Summer Squash, Parmesan and Basil
Weeks go by so quickly these days. It seems it was only yesterday that I was moving into my Co-Op, ill and exhausted from Guatemala and now I'm completely settled in and studying for midterms. The leaves are beginning to change. Summer fruits are enjoying their last few weeks at the Farmers Market while pumpkin and nutmeg are welcome fall flavors. Time moves swiftly.
I've been busy lately. Too busy to fully appreciate the last vestiges of our Indian summer that promises to hold on to summer produce just a little while longer and keep the weather warm. Sometimes I hardly have time for lunch.
This is one of my favorite quick and easy lunches. Pasta with summer squash, parmesan, and basil perfect for busy afternoons but still fresh, filling, and flavorful. You're sure to spend less time making it and more time enjoying it, and I can't imagine a simpler way to savor the tastes of late summer. So slow down, let these days linger.
Pasta with Summer Squash, Parmesan, and Basil - Serves 1
A handful of pasta (I like gemelli or other twisty pasta, but any type of pasta will do)
1/2-3/4 cup summer squash
2 cloves garlic
A handful of fresh basil leaves
1/4-1/2 cup good quality parmesan cheese
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Boil well-salted water for pasta. While water is boiling, chop summer squash into 1/4 inch cubes. Mince garlic.
Ass pasta to boiling water and cook according to package instructions. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, heat a splash of extra virgin olive oil over medium heat. Add squash and a bit of salt and pepper to taste. Saute until tender, 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and saute until soft and fragrant, another 2 minutes. While squash and pasta are cooking, julienne basil leaves and finely grate parmesan cheese.
When pasta is finished, drain. Remove skillet from heat and add pasta, tossing with olive oil, squash, and garlic. Add parmesan and mix until melted. Serve immediately, garnishing with basil and freshly ground black pepper. Enjoy, savoring late summer flavors.