Ina’s Summer Garden Pasta with Video Tutorial
Ok, here is my first attempt at a “homemade” cooking video. When I say first attempt, I mean first attempt. Zoe and I pulled this together yesterday afternoon, and there weren’t any re-takes, we shot and edited with what we had. I’m proud to say that this video was filmed and edited by my 12 year old daughter, Zoe. Yay Zoe! Zoe is always shooting videos with her friends, and editing up a storm, so I asked her if she might want to earn a few bucks by filming some videos for the blog this summer. I think she did a wonderful job, and all in all, for our first video, I think it turned out pretty good. Making your first video is like putting together your first blog post or posting your first photograph. It can be a bit intimidating, but you have to start somewhere, so here you go. The video has a cute ending, so stick with it.
I hope you enjoyed the video portion of this recipe (geez, I sound like a stewardess on an airline). For those of you that want the classic recipe post, I have added that as well below.
I seriously love Ina Garten, and have quite a few of her recipes on this blog. Her recipes are easy to follow and perfect for the “everyday” cook. This pasta one of my favorite summer pastas, as the ingredients are simple and fresh, and the flavors are amazing. This pasta is the perfect make-ahead meal. The tomato marinade take literally 5 minutes to assemble and it can sit out anywhere from 4-10 hours at room temperature. The longer it sits the better.
I make this up in the morning and let it sit out all day, and then at dinner all I have to do is cook up some angel hair pasta (2-3 min) and mix the pasta with the tomato marinade and cheese. Easy peasy! Perfect simple, meatless, weeknight dinner!
It’s also the perfect meal to serve up at a dinner party, because it’s virtually a one-bowl meal (less dishes to clean up) and so easy to prepare because all you have to do is throw in the capellini right before serving (the capellini only takes 3 minutes to cook). Instead of slaving over the stove, you can spend quality time relaxing with your friends. Now, that sounds great to me!
Ina’s summer garden pasta
Recipe adapted from Barefoot Contessa at Home
- 3 pints cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic (roughly 5-6 medium cloves)
- 12 large basil leaves, julienned, plus extra for serving
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
- freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 1 pound angel hair pasta or GF pasta
- 1 1/2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving – you can omit the Parm if vegan or DF, as it tastes great without
Wash up the cherry tomatoes and basil. Cut the tomatoes in half.
Slice up the basil into thin strips.
Combine the cherry tomatoes, 1/3 cup olive oil, minced garlic, chopped basil, 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, 1/2 salt and freshly ground pepper in a large bowl and toss to combine.
Cover with plastic wrap, and set aside at room temperature for a minimum of 4 hours.
Just before you’re ready to serve, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the capellini and cook according to the directions on the package (be careful, as it only takes 2 to 3 minutes to cook capellini pasta).
Drain the pasta. Add the pasta to the bowl with the marinated tomatoes.
Give the pasta a toss and then add in the 1 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese and mix together.
Serve up the pasta in large bowls and top with some Parmesan cheese and fresh basil.
Another thing I love about this pasta is that you can usually get two nights out of it (at least in my family). Serve this up with some crispy garlic bread and you have the perfect simple summer meal.
My lacinato kales salad pairs perfectly with this pasta. The flavor pairing is amazing.