Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Summer Garden Pasta with Zesty Italian Dressing


Well, it's Wednesday, which means it's pasta night in the Sage house. Here's a light summer pasta with ingredients you can get at your local Farmer's Market!


You'll need angel hair pasta, fresh basil, grape tomatoes, balsamic vinegar & salt.


Chop 10 ounces of grape tomatoes.


Put the chopped tomatoes in a bowl and stir in 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar. Let the tomatoes marinate while you prepare the pasta.


Add water and a pinch of salt to a pot and bring to a boil. Once the water is boiling, add the pasta and cook 3-5 minutes.


While your pasta is cooking, chop 3/4 cup of fresh basil.


Once pasta is done cooking, drain most of the water (but not all) and add the pasta to a large bowl. Mix in the marinated tomatoes & chopped basil.


For the dressing, add 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar, 2/3 cup of olive oil & 2 tablespoons of this italian dressing mix to a jar or bowl. The only changes I made to the mix were using garlic powder instead of garlic salt and using 1 tablespoon of salt instead of 2. 


Mix well until ingredients are combined.


Add half of the dressing, taste, and add more as needed. I usually end up using most of the dressing.


Mix well and serve immediately.


Serve with your favorite steamed veggie or salad.


Summer Garden Pasta with Italian Dressing
Yield: 4 servings
  • 8 oz angel hair pasta
  • 3/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 10 oz grape tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 T balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 cup italian dressing
Salad Dressing:
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 T italian dressing mix (used garlic powder instead and only 1 T salt to make mix)


Chop grape tomatoes and add to bowl. Stir in balsamic vinegar and let marinate while you prepare the pasta. Add water & salt to a pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the pasta and cook 3-5 minutes. While the pasta is cooking, chop the fresh basil. Drain cooked pasta, retaining a little water, and place in a large bowl. Mix in marinated tomatoes and chopped basil. Stir in prepared salad dressing, adding half of the dressing first and then more to taste. Mix well and serve immediately.

Salad Dressing adapted from All Recipes



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