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Inside The Kitchen: Summer Pasta


Admittedly, my husband doesn’t like it when I make this pasta. I always end of making it when I’m not eating with him. He is a tomato sauce kind of guy. I MUCH rather have garlic and oil!!

Yesterday was a cr-azy day for me. I had MULTIPLE conference calls and about a ga-zillion emails. I couldn’t leave my house and Bill was nice enough to take the kids to the park for HOURS to give me the quiet I needed to get through it all. In between calls, I whipped my summer pasta up and made the full pound so we can all have leftovers tonight. Bill is usually a “salad guy” in the evening anyway.


  • 1/2 red onion
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 1 bag of frozen broccoli
  • 1 tomato
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper


Step 1: Chop everything and cook on medium heat. Start with the onions and garlic (I use a microplane) and about a 1/4 cup of oil. Then add the frozen broccoli and cook through. Salt and Pepper and when you have about 4 minutes left of cooking time, throw in a chopped up tomato.

** If you feel that there isn’t enough oil in the pan you can always add more OR you can add 1/4 cup of the pasta water. Sometimes I do both.

Step 2: After your pasta boils, toss together with mixture and let sit for a few minutes.

You can add cheese if you’d like, but I eat it just like this. YUM! You can also do this with ANY type of vegetable on hand. Zucchini, asparagus, squash, roasted peppers – whatever you have – throw it in!

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  1. Looks fantastic!

    I love simple dishes for the summer. I hate cooking in the summer, however children still need to eat…. who knew.

    My toddlers will LOVE this!

  2. Vera:

    I LOVE these inside the kitchen posts! I haven’t made any of the dishes yet – but I’ve printed multiple recipes to make.

    Thanks for sharing!!

  3. Vera,
    Thanks for posting this. Did you find a bathing suit yet? I went shopping for one last night and I don’t know if it’s just me, but those dressing room mirrors are a nightmare! Magnifying every flaw. Am I the only one who looks in a dressing room mirror and thinks, WOW, I had no idea I looked so bad?

  4. Seriously Vera, you should be a food photographer! yumm-o!

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  6. yum! will the kids eat it?

  7. I agree with Jen, these inside the kitchen posts are great, I’ve been trying some out!! Can’t wait to try out this onee 😀

  8. yeah! so happy you guys are liking them! 😉 yes, the kids eat this one. But you should dice the onions much more than I did this time. Natalie got a little picky.

  9. That looks delicious!

  10. I made this recipe and it was a hit! We aren’t huge tomato fans so I will leave them out next time but other than that it was awesome! I think next time I make it I will add some bell peppers and mushrooms and…who knows! But seriously, it was awesome hot or cold with Parmesan cheese!

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