Friday, June 3, 2011

Weeknight Dinner: Parisian Summer Pasta

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Like I said on Wednesday, Elizabeth Bard's novel "Lunch in Paris" featured a delicious lovers pasta.  It sounded so delicious and the perfect summer pasta dish.  Best of all, half of the ingredients were already in our fridge!  I love when I pick out a recipe that I really enjoy and I magically have lots of ingredients.  It's like it was meant to be.

This past weekend John's dad was in the hospital.  It was for a few days and he is home now.  But, it meant we spent the weekend in Maine unexpectedly.  By the time we got home, we had eaten out every meal for days.  We both just needed a relaxation day.

A relaxation day, for me as you all know, means making something new and different.  I really took my time over the homemade pasta and then was thrilled to pair this lightly flavored sauce with it!  The bacon is delicious (who could hate bacon?!) and there were lots of vegetables.  The white wine gave it a sweet note.  I didn't add additional salt, just some cracked black pepper.
Parisian Summer Pasta (adapted from Elizabeth Bard's Lunch in Paris)
Serves:  4
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 strips of bacon, diced
1/2 white onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 zucchini
8 ounces cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 cup white wine
1 box of fettuccine or one "ball" of homemade pasta
Parmesan Cheese

In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.  Add the bacon, onion, and garlic and turn the heat down to medium.  Stir frequently.  Make the pasta according to box directions.  Cut the zucchini into 1/2 inch rounds and then into quarters.  When the bacon is crisp and the onions are translucent, add the zucchini and cherry tomatoes.  Stir in the white wine and let cook down for 5-10 minutes.  Zucchini should be cooked through.  Toss with fettucine and plate.  Top with freshly shaved Parmesan and serve.

This was a delicious summer sauce and you can use homemade pasta or boxed.  Either would be great because the sauce really just shines through!!

My sister K and fiance E are graduating today!  Happy Graduation to them!  We are off to Long Island to celebrate with them and the rest of our family this weekend.  I am really looking forward to it and we will return Monday (hopefully with some delicious new family recipes!).  I hope you all enjoy your weekends too!

Until the next time my oven is on...


  1. hope john's father is getting better. i really like the other 99% of this post though (: have fun on LI. say hi to the beach for me if you can

  2. I hope your father in law is better now and congrats to the grads. Sometimes everything hapens at once. I love this simple pasta sauce, it looks delicious.

  3. I hope John's father is doing ok!

    The meal sounds so delicious... the perfect summer pasta dish!


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