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Hey! Hi! So tacos on Tuesday… pasta on Wednesday!
I can totally handle that!!
Especially a pasta like this. One with basil, grilled corn, charred tomatoes and a big ball of burrata. Yes, I am definitely OK with that. It’s basically summertime on a plate! I know summer is still more than a month out, but I think it’s pretty clear that summer is the season I am craving. I am DONE with the snow, ready for warmth and ready for relatively lighter meals. Granted I don’t really get that much of the warmth where I live, but I’m pretty pumped about the food!
Here’s the deal, I am not trying to jump a season (well maybe just a bit), but my grocery store had the most gorgeous looking sweet yellow corn and heirloom cherry tomatoes. Obviously I couldn’t resist getting like ten ears and a bucket full of cherry tomatoes. I have this problem…when something looks amazing and too pretty for words, I have to like, buy them all up. It’s a fear not only of not having enough, but that the next time I go back to the store, all that pretty little produce will be gone.
And yes, clearly I am not the world’s best at sharing. Oooops.
OKok, so serious talk though.
One, this pasta, like tell me that it excites you as much as it’s exciting me, right? I know it’s simple, but the flavors?!?! You really can’t beat them. Never will I tire of basil, tomatoes, cheese and corn. Never.
Two, and this is totally random… but my brother text me asking for serious help. He and one of his “hommies” are having a biggest loser contest to see who can lose the most weight and he needs to know what to eat. Creighton LOVES food. In my opinion, not particularly good food, but the kid loves food. I’m talking, steak, wings, burgers, fries, any and all Mexican (as long as it has zero quinoa… or at least as long as he isn’t told there’s quinoa in it), pizza and basically anything that’s not green. We could not be more opposite in our eating habits, but I do love pizza and Mexican for sure.
Anyway, his text pretty much made my Monday night. It made me laugh, and laugh hard, and it made me happy because I think he is actually semi-serious about eating slightly healthier. Yeahh!!
Of course I told him all the good things to eat – quinoa included, plus veggies galore and lean proteins. We’ll have to see how this goes. I’d really love to literally make him a meal plan, and truly help him win this little contest he has going on, but time is so not on my side these days. UGH! If any of you guys out there have any tips/suggestions for him you’ve got to let me know in the comments section! I mean, we have to help him out! 🙂
PS. Creigh is really not extremely overweight, he does work out everyday, but his diet needs some serious work. With some tweaks I have significant confidence he will crush this contest. I’ll have to keep you updated! 🙂
Sorry, now back to the pasta…but I had to share that with you, it just made me laugh. You’d get that even more if you knew Creighton. Lol.
So, Charred Tomato and Corn Pesto Pasta!
I am really into fast and simple these days. Life is busy, and fast and simple is where it’s at, and I feel like you guys get that! One of my favorite things to do with cherry tomatoes, other than eat them fresh like sweet candy, is to roast them. It almost makes them seem sun-dried, and I LOVE that! They’re just sooo flipping good! They are my favorite over top pasta, pizzas and toast! Of course I also have to pair the tomatoes with basil, so naturally a simple basil vinaigrette (or pesto, but I only had fresh basil on hand so I just made a quick vinaigrette and it was delicious!) gets tossed over those quick cooking angel hair noodles and the corn. Can’t lie the corn may be my favorite part. Probably if only because I feel like I haven’t had corn in months (because I haven’t), but the corn just works here, and it works really well! 🙂
And then that’s it. Add some burrata and DONE.
Super simple, super fast.
Now let’s eat pasta!
Oh, but a quick note, you can use any cut of pasta you love, long or short. I grew up on angel hair, so when in doubt I go with that. Plus it takes like two-three minutes to fully cook and then it’s ready to go. Perfection.
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No really, perfection, I could eat this every day and be happy… veggies, carbs and cheese! 🙂
This was soooo good! I was able to use all vegetables from my CSA and yum! It took longer then expected but was worth it!
I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for giving it a go! xTieghan
I made the basil vinagrette and it was delicious!!! So fresh and summery!
Thank you Katie! xTieghan
I made this recipe last night and myself and my husband loved it! I added shrimp and used goat cheese instead of burrata and it was scrumptious. The basil vinaigrette was a welcomed departure from traditional pesto because it wasn’t heavy and had a bite from the red wine vinegar. Absolutely yum!
Sounds amazing!! SO happy you two liked it! Thank you for making it Leslie!
Looks delish! Do you cook the zucchini or just eat it raw? Also could this be made ahead and reheated for the salad? I do lunch bunch at school and this is my week to cook. Thanks in advance!
Hey Margie!! You just eat the zucchini raw and yes, this would be great to pack as lunch! Let me know if you have questions. Hope you love the pasta!!Thanks!!
I”m all for a summery pasta and you sold me with the burrata. There’s nothing better! 🙂
Woowoo!! I agree!! Thanks Laura!