Simple Summer Supper

In mid July, when your garden is overflowing with options, what should you make for dinner?

First, you need to inventory what’s ripe (and what remains from the CSA that needs to be prepared).

For us, from our garden:

  • tomatoes, both cherry and full-sized
  • lotsa lettuce, still (although I fear we may be at the very end)
  • basil, as tall as a small child

From the CSA:

  • pole beans
  • yellow summer squash
  • red onions
  • garlic
Looks like our menu will include:
  • Linguine with fresh tomato sauce
  • Sauteed beans, squash, and onions
  • Green salad
Making fresh tomato sauce to serve over piping hot pasta is one of our favorite treats of the summer.  Based on a recipe from one of my go-to cookbooks: The Only 25 Recipes You’ll Ever Need, this is incredibly easy and wonderfully delicious.
  • Begin with approximately 2 cups of fresh tomatoes – we used a mix of cherry tomatoes of different sizes and colors from our garden.
  • Dice the tomatoes.
  • Chop up 1/2 of a red onion.
  • Slice a handful of fresh basil – whatever variety you have handy.
  • Mince 1 or 2 or 3 cloves of garlic.
  • Place in a medium sized bowl.
  • Then add 2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil,
  • 1-2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar,
  • salt and pepper to taste.
  • Gently toss.
Then serve over warm long noodles – we’re in a linguine space these days, but any shape will do.
Grate fresh parmesan on top.
Accompany with a green salad, sliced tomatoes with vinegar and parmesan, and sauteed veggies.
Eat well and enjoy!

One Comment to “Simple Summer Supper”

  1. This looks delicious. What a perfect dinner! We have much of the same in our garden, but sadly, I’m in the midst of such a crazy phase of motherhood (5yo and 2yo, I’m never alone) that I can barely chop veggies. So I will just salivate over your beautiful dinner while my veggies just get plucked and eaten plain 🙂

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