Summer Pasta – (Almost) No Cooking!

This recipe is all Ina (except for the addition of some feta cheese), and naturally it’s easy, fresh, and delicious!  It’s Ina’s Summer Garden Pasta.  You can check out the complete recipe on the Food Network website, and the best part on a hot summer day – no cooking (except to boil the pasta water)!

I started with a pint of mixed cherry tomatoes (halved) in a large bowl, 1/4 cup olive oil, about 10 basil leaves (chopped), a pinch of salt, a pinch of red hot chili flakes, and some fresh ground black pepper.  Mix all that up and cover at room temperature for about 3 hours or so, and you’ve got the easiest and freshest pasta sauce!

Summer Pasta

Cook any kind of pasta you’d like in boiling salted water.  (Angel Hair is nice and light and only takes 3 minutes to cook.)  When pasta is ready, drain and toss together with the fresh tomato sauce.  Add in a large handful of freshly grated Parmesan Cheese and an equally large handful of Feta cheese, cubed.  Mix all that up and serve topped with a little more fresh basil and/or Italian parsley.  (As with any recipe, adjust the seasoning to your liking!)  Enjoy!

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4 Comments on “Summer Pasta – (Almost) No Cooking!”

  1. Judy Sendra says:

    Fantastic! Refreshing and ohhhhhhhhhh so delicious! Love my feta!!!

  2. Lynne says:

    We are making this one tonight with our fresh garden tomatoes (cherry and yellow pear). I don’t have feta so may use a little blue cheese – what do you think?

    • Hi Lynne. So glad you and Lollie are enjoying some of the dishes. As for the extra cheese, whatever you have on hand will work. The actual recipe only called for lots of freshly grated Parmesan. Enjoy. Hope to see you soon.

  3. Jenny Weekes says:

    Hi Joe,

    Love what you have done with “Cooking with Joe Frescatore”. What a great idea. I enjoyed seeing some of the things your Mom and I have made. She would be so proud of you. So sorry it took me so long to get back to you. Please keep me on your mailing list.

    Love, Jenny


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