Monday, August 23, 2010

Warm Summer Pasta Salad

I will admit, that when I started making this, I didn't know what I was doing. I didn't know what the end product would be or how it would taste. I couldn't decide if I was going to have separate components or one dish, mostly I was just upset because I had planned on making fried chicken cutlets, only to discover I was out of chicken. Life goes on, and becomes what is arguably the best pasta dish I have ever made. And so summery too, something about tomatoes and goat cheese, it just tastes like summer and so does this pasta.

I don't know about the rest of you out there, but the tomatoes in my area have been absolutely stunning this year. Better than I can ever remember. My 2 main sources of tomatoes have been my garden and my CSA, although I occasionally supplement with LOCALLY grown tomatoes from my friendly neighborhood Wegmans. I don't think I have had a bad (forget bad, a not fantastic) tomato all season. I hope your's have been just as delicious.

Warm Pasta Salad:
1 lb of penne or rotini
2 large tomatoes
1 large onion
1 tbsp of brown sugar
1 tbsp of olive oil
2 tbsp store bought pesto
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup Pecorino Ramano cheese
2 oz of soft goat cheese
salt, pepper, red pepper flakes

Boil water for the pasta and heat the olive oil in a large pan. Slice onion into thin slices and toss with the brown sugar. Put onions into a hot pan and reduce heat to medium low, cook until soft and brown (when the pasta is done) and stir occasionally, so nothing burns. About before the pasta is ready to be strained, chop the tomatoes and add them to the onions, stir and raise heat to high. Drain the pasta, leaving a little water clinging to the noodles. Pour the noodles into the tomatoes and onions and stir to combine. Reduce heat to low and add the pesto and Parmesan and Pecorino cheese. Mix together, add salt, pepper and red pepper flakes to taste. Crumble in the goat cheese right before serving.

Happy Eating.



  1. I'm a huge fan of goat cheese. This pasta looks really good. Goat cheese and pasta, yum!

  2. Great looking seasonal, pasta salad! Luv all the different cheeses used.


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