Sunday Rewind: Maggie Monday: In a Garden with Ina Garten

Sunday Garden Pasta….- Originally posted May 7, 2012

As The Rantings of an Amateur Chef has been going since February of 2012, there are quite a few readers that have joined along the way. In an effort to bring back some great recipes that they may have missed, I will dedicate Sundays to re-posting a favorite that is at least two years old. I hope you enjoy! – The Ranting Chef

I don’t know about you, but I look forward to Maggie Monday. Whether it is Cinnamon Roll Cake or the devilish Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf, her recipes make my mouth water. Here is another great looking recipe from Maggie.

When I saw the Barefoot Contessa make this dish on her show, I knew I had to try it. A no-cook pasta sauce? Bring it on. So simple. So healthy. So good.

My husband’s mantra is  “No meat? No meal.” So making meatless dishes can be risky at our house. I usually reserve them for those nights he won’t be around for dinner. He loved this one. Our 18 year old massive eating-machine son and his partner in crime my 18year old nephew sneaked 2am leftover “snacks” (yes, apparently huge bowls of pasta is considered snack food) during their nighttime video game marathons. Verdict is- it is a hit!

So in the summer head to the farmers market and find the freshest, sweetest little cherry tomatoes you can find. I don’t prefer the little grape tomatoes from the grocery store- they just aren’t as good as locally grown ones you might find, or even better, grow yourself. It is also gorgeous if you mix colors- there are so many pretty varieties of cherry tomatoes now. Mix it up. This dish is beautiful, and makes a great carry-along for summer picnics and potlucks.

Here’s an idea- buy a basil plant and a cherry tomato plant. Plop them in pots on your deck. Then in July and August, you can probably make this pasta every week or so.

All credit to Ina Garten for this yummy recipe! Buy her books- you won’t be disappointed!


Summer Garden Pasta

What you need:

4 pints of the freshest, sweetest little cherry tomatoes you can find. Halved.

½ cup Olive oil. Splurge for the good stuff

2 T minced garlic (about 6 cloves)

18 Large basil leaves, julienned. Get fresh ones. (Basil is easily grown in a container)

½ t crushed red pepper flakes

1 t Kosher salt

½ t freshly ground black pepper

1 pounde dried angel hair pasta

1 ½ cups freshly grated parmesan cheese

What to do:

Combine all ingredients except the pasta and parmesan cheese in a large bowl. Toss, and cover with plastic wrap. Set aside at room temperature for about 4 hours.

When you’re ready to eat, prepare the pasta. Toss a bit of salt and olive oil into the boiling water before you place the pasta in. Cook to al dente per the directions on the package. Drain the pasta and toss it into the bowl with the cherry tomatoes. Add a bit of fresh basil and the grated parmesan cheese. Have extra cheese on hand to sprinkle over each serving.

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Categories: Cheese, Guest-Maggie, Italian, kosher, Main Dish, Pasta, Recipes, Vegetable, Vegetarian

Author:The Ranting Chef

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8 Comments on “Sunday Rewind: Maggie Monday: In a Garden with Ina Garten”

  1. Heartafire
    July 5, 2015 at 11:18 am #



  2. July 5, 2015 at 11:52 am #

    This looks so great!!! Wish I Had cherry tomatoes in my garden right now…


  3. July 5, 2015 at 12:04 pm #

    Barefoot Contessa is one of my favorites!! And this recipe is one I’ve been meaning to try…thanks for sharing 🙂


  4. July 5, 2015 at 4:06 pm #

    I love it too, make it often myself. I’m quite addicted to Ina Garten. Whenever I plan a party I as myself ‘what would Ina do?’


  5. July 5, 2015 at 5:12 pm #

    This looks delicious. I love to joke about the never-ruffled ‘countess’ whose dishes are always ‘Perfect!’, and ‘Delicious’!, but that just means I watch her a lot. Many of her dishes really do look delicious and so does yours. Thanks for the post.


  6. July 7, 2015 at 3:55 am #

    Just as I mouthed the words “I’m going to make this” My neighbor knocked on the door with some sweet basil in hand from her garden. It was meant to be 😀


  7. Shrey Srivastava
    July 8, 2015 at 7:36 pm #

    Pasta everywhere … I am loving it 🙂


  8. July 9, 2015 at 3:27 pm #

    such a beautiful summer meal.


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