4 Jul 2016

Meatless Monday: Pretty Backyard Pasta

These weeks mark the official start of the summer season. Can you even contain your excitement? Making it through the summer without attending a backyard barbecue is kind of near impossible. It just goes with the territory and who's complaining, right? After all - there's something so obligatory about using a hot summer's day to spend with good company and great food! If you frequent get togethers, the dishes can get pretty repetitive and/or time consuming and with a little one now on the move, ain't nobody got time for that this year. The easiest thing to do is opt for the classics because can you even go wrong? I'm a personal lover of pasta salad (my mom always had a fresh bowl sitting somewhere in the nice weather) and with this recipe I snagged from the infamous Martha Stewart, you can take your dish from backyard casual to all-occasion-chic without compromising the components of a familiar favourite.


Ingredients

Orecchiette Pasta, 3/4 lb.
Green Beans, 1 lb.
Beefsteak Tomatoes, 1 lb.
Garlic, 1-2 cloves (to preference).
Olive Oil, 1/4 cup.
Red Wine Vinegar, 1 tbsp.
Feta Cheese (crumbled), 1 cup.
Fresh Dill (or Mint/Chive/Parsley) 1/2 cup.

Serving Information

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Start To Finish: 30 minutes
Serves: 6 (varies depending on use as a course or side)

Instructions 

1. Boil large pot of salted water.

2. Once boiled, add pasta and cook 5 minutes shy of packaged instructions.

3. Making sure beans are trimmed and cut into halves (or about 1" pieces), add greens to boiling pasta and continue to cook until the beans begin to soften (beans and pasta should both remain tender) before draining.

4. In a separate bowl, combine tomatoes (chopped/diced as desired), garlic cloves (mashed into paste like texture), oil, vinegar, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

5. Once well mixed, add in cooked pasta and beans. Toss to mix, adding feta and dry seasonings while mixing.

6. Sprinkle leftover feta, dry seasonings, a pinch of salt and pepper on top for presentation before serving warm or at room temperature.

This will be on repeat for me and the boys for sure!
Warmer days ahead y'all, what's your go-to quick dish of the summer?

XO, Olivia Murray.
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