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Weeknight Summer Pasta


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Oh pasta, you beautiful baby- full of comfort and good feels, I’ve missed you. And what better way to welcome you than with this Weeknight Summer Pasta?!

Close up of  Pasta with cheese and wine in background

If I wanted to take a guess at why I love this weeknight summer pasta, it’s going to have to be the “summer” aspect of it. There is just something about fresh basil, when you chop it up and sprinkle it over… pretty much anything… well that’s how dreams are made folks. So if you haven’t heard the term, sweet basil dreams, you are welcome.

And what certifies this weeknight summer pasta as “weeknight?”

So quick weeknight meals for two are clutch during the week. What you may know about me is that I may not be the most organized person. And it might be possible that while I’m cooking, things tend to escalate quickly. If every spice jar has made it’s way out of the kitchen cabinet, just know a lot of love went into what your about to indulge in.

Pasta and Pink Bowl with Silverware

But that is why this weeknight summer pasta is so dang great. With minimal ingredients it’s hard to create a kitchen catastrophe, I didn’t say impossible, but it is hard. Clean up is the sheet pan you use to roast the veggies and then the pasta pot you cook the pasta in. Hence, the quick weeknight meals for two category.

Another Great Weeknight Meal is this Steak Fajitas Bowl, Get the recipe here!

Now before I get to the recipe, I wanted to talk pasta.

Obviously you can use regular pasta in this dish. But since going through Whole30, I’ve been more mindful about what feels good in my body and what doesn’t. Sometimes my stomach has awful pain from wheat, sometimes it doesn’t. That being said it’s really hard to find a gluten-free pasta that actually tastes good. Change my mind.

Well, I found one!! So It’s called Banza and it’s made from chickpeas. When I say it’s really hard to tell the difference, know this. Baylen, couldn’t even tell. He actually said “I can’t believe you actually made pasta for dinner”. I neglected to tell him it was a gluten-free substitute. But if that doesn’t tell you something… Also, in one, two-ounce serving there is 14 g of protein. That is nuts compared to traditional pasta at 2.9 g of protein.

So what I’m saying is basically try it out by clicking below if you are at all curious because I think it’s amazing.

Okay, okay I’m done trying to shove gluten free pasta down your throat (literally).

Close up of pasta and pink bowl with green napkin

Whip up this weeknight summer pasta and live your best summer life.

Weeknight Summer Pasta

Serves: 2
Cooking Time: 30 Min

Ingredients

  • 1 Zucchini, sliced into coins
  • 1 Yellow Squash, sliced into coins
  • 1 Cup Cherry Tomatoes,
  • 4 oz, Pasta of Choice (I used Banza)
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Basil, chopped
  • 1/4 cup, Walnuts, crushed and toasted
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan Cheese

Instructions

1

Toasted Walnuts:

2

Add 1 tsp olive oil to pan turn on medium-low heat

3

Add walnuts and continuously stir over heat until a nutty aroma occurs

4

Remove from heat

5

Season with salt and pepper

6

Set aside

7

Heat oven to 400 degrees

8

Start boiling your water for the pasta according to package instructions

9

Toss sliced zucchini, yellow squash, and cherry tomatoes in 2-3 tbsp olive oil and salt and pepper in medium bowl

10

Pour on to sheet pan and cook in oven for 15 minutes in oven

11

Cook pasta according to directions on package

12

When vegetables are done roasting take out of oven

13

When pasta is done cooking drain water and put pasta back in pot

14

Add in 1 1/2 tbsp of olive oil, salt, and pepper

15

Mix in roasted veggies

16

To serve put veggies, chopped, fresh basil, and pasta in bowls

17

Top with toasted walnut, parm cheese, and black pepper

18

Enjoy!

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