Summer Tips with the Best Summer Pasta

By on July 9, 2014

I can’t wait until summer comes around to take advantage of this eight ingredient super salad from my Eating Well to Fight Arthritis cookbook that highlights the essence of summer. Fresh ingredients at their best, ripe juicy tomatoes, fresh basil, and creamy mozzarella, meld together for an all-star crowd favorite. An easy tip to seed tomatoes – cut the tomato in half from side to side and gently squeeze the tomato to watch seeds easily pop out. Try growing basil in pots as it is fairly easy and nothing beats fresh basil in the summer! You can easily chop fresh basil by rolling it up and slicing it into pieces. If you don’t have fresh basil handy, you can use dried at a ratio of 3:1. In other words, 1 tablespoon fresh = 1 teaspoon of dried herbs. Highlighting the fresh ingredients of the season to accompany the meat you throw on the grill, this trim&TERRIFIC recipe is sure to be a go-to summer staple.

Sensational Summer Pasta from Eating Well to Fight Arthritis  

This is one of those times that fresh is best! A simple salad with summer ripe juicy tomatoes, fresh basil and mozzarella really rocks!!!

Makes 8 (1-cup) servings

4 cups coarsely chopped ripe tomatoes
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 cup chopped green onion
1/2 cup loosely packed basil leaves, torn or chopped
1/4 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed
4 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
12 ounces bowtie or curly pasta

1. In large serving bowl, combine tomatoes, garlic, green onion, basil, cheese, and olive oil. Season to taste.  Cover, and keep at room temperature at least 2 hours up to 6 hours.

2.  When ready to serve, cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain and add to tomato mixture.

Tip:  Serve leftovers (if you have any) as a pasta salad the next day.

Nutritional information per serving:

Calories 278 kcal, Calories from Fat 35%, Fat 11 g, Saturated Fat 3 g, Cholesterol 12 mg, Sodium 19 mg, Carbohydrates 36 g, Dietary Fiber 2 g, Total Sugars 4 g, Protein 9 g, Dietary Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 2 fat

With over 1 million cookbooks sold, Holly Clegg, healthy culinary expert, is known for her practical approach to an overall healthier lifestyle with her best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® cookbook series, including the more health focused cookbooks, Diabetic Cooking with the ADA, Eating Well Through Cancer and Eating Well to Fight Arthritis. Clegg has appeared on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, The 700 Club, and QVC.  Download her free phone app, Mobile Rush Hour Recipes.  Visit www.hollyclegg.com or http://thehealthycookingblog.com

Holly Clegg

About Holly Clegg

With over 1 million cookbooks sold, Holly Clegg, known as the “Queen of Quick” has become a healthy culinary expert on practical easy, healthy recipes through her best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® cookbook series, including the more health focused cookbooks, Diabetic Cooking with the ADA, Eating Well Through Cancer and Eating Well to Fight Arthritis. Clegg has appeared on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, The 700 Club, QVC, USA Today, Web MD, The Huffington Post. She has partnered with Wal-Mart and is currently working with Albertsons, Inc., Baylor Hospital in Dallas, OmniChannel Health Media and has a partnership with Our Lady of Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge. Her phone app, Mobile Rush Hour Recipes has over 50,000 subscribers. Visit www.hollyclegg.com or http://thehealthycookingblog.com

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Summer Tips with the Best Summer Pasta