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My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

Summer Garden Pasta Cooking View
Annie's Original

Well, the three day weekend had to come to an end sometime, right?  I hope you all had a great weekend and enjoyed an extra day off!  We didn’t do much in the way of organized activities but mostly stayed home enjoying time with the kids.  Unfortunately I spent a large portion of my time studying for the mother of all exams, so my extended weekend didn’t carry quite the appeal it normally does.  Even so, I did get to have a bit of extra time in the kitchen and I am very grateful for that!

I have quite a few new recipes I can’t wait to share with you, but I thought I would share this one from the weekend first.  I can tell our garden is starting to fade and the harvests are starting to dwindle.  This weekend I brought in a nice sized zucchini, handfuls of cherry tomatoes, and we had some local sweet corn from our produce delivery.  This dish was made up on the fly to clear my head after a long study session, and we absolutely loved the way it turned out.  Plus, I added bacon.  Bacon makes everything better, right?  This quick pasta dish is a perfect way to use up some of that late summer produce you might have hanging around.

Summer Garden Pasta
Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. pasta shapes
  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini, quartered and sliced thin
  • 2 cobs fresh corn, shucked and kernels cut off
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1/3 cup diced yellow onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup veggie or chicken broth
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2-3 tbsp. snipped fresh chives
  • 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
  • Shaved Parmesan, for serving
Cooking View

Directions

  • Bring a large pot of water to boil.  Cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente.  Drain well.

  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan or skillet (I used cast iron), cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp.  Remove to a paper-towel lined plate, reserving 2 teaspoons of the bacon grease in the skillet.  Add the zucchini and corn kernels to the pan and sauté until crisp-tender and warmed through, about 5 minutes.  Remove to a separate plate or bowl.

  • In the same skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter.  Add the onion to the pan and sauté until beginning to soften, 2-3 minutes.  Stir in the garlic and cook about 30 seconds more, just until fragrant.  Stir in the broth and bring to a simmer.  Lower the heat to medium and let simmer until the liquid is reduced by about half, approximately 5-8 minutes.  Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cream.  Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste.

  • Add the drained pasta to the pan with the sauce and toss well to coat.  Stir in the chives, tomatoes, zucchini, corn, and bacon.  Serve immediately with shaved Parmesan, if desired.

  • HalfBakedHarvest

    Such a gorgeous salad. I wish I had this kind of produce coming from my back yard!

    Happy to hear you had a god weekend, but sorry to hear you spent a lot of it studding!

  • Andrea

    Looks like a wonderful summer dish! Makes me sad that fresh produce is going to be hard to find soon.

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    I thought I spied some bacon in that picture!! Fantastic recipe!! I totally understand the joy of cooking after a long bout of studying. I’m in law school and during finals dinnertime is the only thing that keeps me going!

  • Caroline L.

    Hey summer, how about this one last hurrah? :) Perfect way to send off the season – it looks SO delicious! And good luck on that test – you’ll kill it, I’m sure!

  • http://joanne-eatswellwithothers.com/ Joanne (eats well with others)

    We had a pretty laid back, no stress weekend also and it was pretty fabulous. It could have used more pasta though! I love all the summer veggies you put in here!

  • Anne Blackwell

    Good luck on boards!!

  • Colleen Baez

    Wow, that looks absolutely delicious. I love a good pasta salad but I’ve had my share of soggy, mushy ones. Thank you so much for posting this. And bacon?? Yum!! I will absolutely be trying ithis one.

  • Abbie E

    This dish is gorgeous! It looks so refreshing. <3 Pinned! :)

  • http://kirantarun.com/food Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    So delicious! Glad they are some of us who still savoring every last drop of summer in the most delicious way :)

    Pinned!

  • http://recipesremembered.wordpress.com/ anna maria

    ah – too many amazing summer recipes, not enough time! this looks absolutely delicious :)

    good luck on board – you will do great, i’m sure!