Pasta on the lighter side

Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil

Pasta with fresh tomatoes and basil

This simple summer dish of pasta with tomatoes and basil will get you out of the kitchen quickly. Make sure to use summer tomatoes at the peak of their flavor, as that’s what this dish is all about! This is a good accompaniment to grilled vegetables; it’s also good with a colorful bean salad. Try it with Mediterranean Bean Salad with Pickled Beets. more→

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Spaghetti Aglio Olio with Fresh and Dried Tomatoes

Spaghetti aglio olio with fresh and dried tomatoes

The traditional pasta dish called aglio olio (garlic and oil) gets a fresh twist with fresh and dried tomatoes, lots of parsley and a sprinkling of toasted nuts. It’s a perfect summer pasta dish, but ou can enjoy it all year round. more→

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Vermicelli with Broccoli, Raisins, and Pine Nuts

Broccoli on white

This dish is great for a family dinner but would also be a good addition to a pot luck or barbecue. For a colorful meal, serve with Chickpea Salad with Roasted Red Peppers, Tomatoes and Basil more→

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Pasta with Asparagus and Marinated Artichoke Hearts

bunch of asparagus

This simple pasta dish, filled with flavorful asparagus and artichokes,  is sure to please at the dinner table in late spring and early summer. Serve with a salad featuring chickpeas (I especially like this with Chickpea Salad with Roasted Peppers, Tomatoes, and Basil) and fresh corn on the cob. more→

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Pasta Twists with Cauliflower and Spinach

Whole wheat pasta

One evening not long ago, I had about one hour to make dinner for the family—and eat—between getting home from one activity and going out to another. I improvised based on what was in the fridge rather than following a recipe. This was the result; everyone liked this simple dish so much that I was compelled to compose a recipe for it, and have followed it many times since.

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Basil and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

Basil in a glass

A delightful pasta dish seasoned with sun dried tomatoes marinated in white wine and fresh basil. This dish is quick and easy if you marinate the tomatoes earlier in the day. Recipe from Taste Life! Organic Recipes* (2002) by Leslie Cerier. Reprinted by permission of Square One Publishers.

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Angel Hair Pasta with Mushrooms and Dried Tomatoes

Bold flavors mingle harmoniously in this flavorful dish. Serve with Mediterranean Bean Salad or a colorful green salad with added chickpeas.

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Arugula Pasta with Salsa Cruda

Arugula leaves in a bowl

When the produce is fresh and locally grown, fabulous food comes together easily and fast. This summer pasta with a salsa cruda — a simple, no-cook sauce — makes the most of fresh summer tomatoes and peppery arugula. Recipe and photo contributed by Ellen Kanner. more→

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