Pasta with Roasted Summer Vegetables + Basil

My new summer schedule at the office feels a lot like a blessing {Mondays off!} and a little like a curse {10½-hour days, four days a week}. Honestly, the last thing I feel like doing some nights is cooking. Which means that I must have done something right two years ago when I married Kevin {our anniversary was yesterday}, because this evening I came home to find him hard at work in the kitchen. Seriously, how cute is he?!

On the menu was a new dish for us, Pasta with Roasted Summer Vegetables + Basil. It was SO good... and even more meaningful considering the hands that made it. Here's the recipe, straight from one of our favorite cookbooks, Everyday Food: Fresh Flavor Fast:

  • 4 summer squash (about 2 lbs.), halved lengthwise if large, sliced crosswise 1" thick
  • 2 pints grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 2 red onions , halved lengthwise and sliced ½" thick
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • coarse salt + freshly ground pepper
  • 8 oz. short pasta shape, such as campanelle or fusilli
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup finely grated parmesan, plus more for serving
  • 1 cup firmly packed torn fresh basil leaves
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Divide squash, tomatoes, onions, and garlic between two large rimmed baking sheets. Drizzle with oil, and season with salt and pepper; toss to coat and then spread evenly. Roast (without tossing) until tender and starting to brown, 30 to 40 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil; add a generous amount of salt. Cook pasta until al dente according to package instructions. Drain, and return to pot.
  3. Add roasted vegetables, butter, parmesan, and basil to pot; season with salt and pepper, and toss gently with pasta to combine. Reheat over medium-low if necessary before serving.
  4. Enjoy!
Yields four servings.

Have you been pleasantly surprised by something {or someone} so far this week?



  1. So sweet of him to cook! This sounds really tasty, I'm bookmarking it!

  2. This looks DELICIOUS!!! Adding it to my food Pinterest so that I don't forget to make it :)

  3. Yum! So sweet of him to make dinner!

  4. Aww, so great that he made dinner! And it looks delicious!


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