Thursday, May 22, 2008

Grilled Veggie Pasta, from Kris

Recipe for grilled veggie pasta:

-spend Saturday morning at the farmers market and get a shitload of fresh veggies that your family loves (today, ours are beets, carrots, zucchini, mushrooms, red onions, asparagus).
-slice and marinate veggies with some olive oil, salt, pepper
-grill over medium hot grill in veggie basket until they are done.
-cook and drain 1 pound penne pasta per package instructions
-Mix grilled veggies with pasta, top with parmesan cheese and dressing (recipe to follow).

Serve hot or cold.

Dressing for pasta:
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic finely minced
- juice of 2 lemons
- 1/4 tsp lemon zest
- salt and pepper to taste

In small skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and lemon zest and turn off heat. Allow garlic and lemon to cook and infuse into warm oil (about 3 - 4 minutes). Add lemon juice and whisk until blended. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour over pasta and mix well. This pasta is one of my favorites to make in the summer. It's totally refreshing on a hot summer day. Even if it is served warm! The lemon just wakes up the senses.... I might go try to steal some lemons from my neighbors tree.

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