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Super Summer Pasta Special

Super fast super tasty, pasta recipes are a go-to dinner in our house and this fully loaded recipe is the epitome of pasta perfection. The Super Summer Pasta Special incorporates loads of seasonal veggies and is beyond flavor packed.

Ingredients
  • 1 pound penne, rotelli, or any mixture of short, stubby pasta
  • 2 small zucchini
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 white or yellow onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley
  • a small handful of fresh oregano
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 4 to 6 large, juicy garlic cloves
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated hard cheese such as romano, parmesan
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Slice long veggies in half lengthwise and short ones through their equators.
     
  2. Grill them on both sides over BBQ coals or on a stovetop grill until black lines appear. Cut into bite-size pieces and set aside.
     
  3. Crush and chop pine nuts and garlic; cook in the olive oil until golden brown; set aside. Chop the herbs. Grate the cheese.
     
  4. Cook the pasta al dente, drain, put in a large glass or ceramic bowl. Add veggies, herbs, cheese, garlic/pine nuts/olive oil. Toss well.
     
  5. Season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper (and/or cayenne). Serve with warm, crusty bread and sweet butter.
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