Wednesday, July 27, 2011

If Food was Heaven...

Then this recipe would prove it!  Well, okay, so it's a tiny exaggeration!  But only a tiny one!  Maybe it's just because this recipe featured the fresh flavors of Summer's bounty in my garden.  Maybe it has to do with the fact that I spend a lot of time planning, weeding, watering and dreaming about the products of vegetable gardening.  Participating in the everyday miracles of God and working beside Him so to speak, does a lot for tantalizing the taste buds!

I'm going to share this with you in case you need a little boost in the inspiration department.  Summer is a time of heat, hard work, and exhaustion.  So the last thing you really want to eat is something heavy.  Nor do you want to deal with anything time consuming.  This is my contribution to any needed suggestions!

I hope you love it like I and my family did!

13 oz. box of pasta (or your preference, I used whole wheat thin spaghetti)
Summer Squash (about 6 - 8 of any variety, sliced 1/4" thick lengthwise)
Olive Oil, Salt, and Pepper

Basil Pesto:
1 - 2 Cups Basil leaves
1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese (the real stuff)
Garlic (your preference, but I used 2 large cloves)
2 Tablespoons fresh Lemon Juice
1/8 - 1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil (start with the least then add more depending on your desired consistency)

Start the water for the pasta.  

Slice the squash, slather (don't you just love that word?) with olive oil then salt and pepper to your taste.  If you haven't already, start cooking the pasta.

 Go heat the grill and load it with the squash.  Grill for 5 minutes on low heat.  

Turn and grill another 3 minutes or until both sides have nice grill-marks on both sides.
The pasta should be cooked by now, drain it, and pour a little olive oil over it to keep it from sticking together.

Make the Pesto.  Start by placing the leaves, cheese, and garlic in the food processor and process until well chopped.  Add the lemon juice and olive oil and blend together until creamy looking.

Serve by placing pasta on a plate, top with some squash slices and a dollop of Pesto.

The name of the recipe?  I don't know.  How about, "Heaven on a Plate"?
That'll work!


  1. Looks REALLY good! I still haven't tried my hand at making pesto, I think you have inspired me! :)

  2. Mmmm... that looks delicious! I've not ever made Pesto.

    Thank you so much for your kind words at my blog-- and for the Wisdom behind them! Pat

  3. Adding pine nuts to the pesto can give it a nice nutty flavor too! Nothing better than fresh basil right out of the garden and into a pesto sauce!