Recipe by NorthwestGal
I got this recipe a few years ago, but I cannot recall where. But it's a great light dinner dish for those hot summer nights when you don't feel like cooking or on those evenings when all you want is a refreshing and light meal. But we also have this year-round, and sometimes serving it warm with a bit of diced roasted chicken or proscuitto ham for a more substantial meal.
Top Review by Sharon123
My DH and I both loved this, but I have to admit I did change it a little. I roasted all the veggies for about 1/2 hr. at 400*F. And I forgot to add the mozzerella at the end, and I'm sure that would make it even better! Thanks! Made for PRMR.
I made this again using spaghetti squash instead of pasta, steaming the veggies this time, and added the mozzarella and enjoyed it alot.
- 1 lb spaghetti or 1 lb fettuccine
- 2 tomatoes, diced
- 1 green pepper, seeded and diced
- 1 red pepper, seeded and diced
- 2 zucchini, diced
- 3 celery ribs, cut in 1/4 inch slices
- 2 carrots, cut in 1/4 inch slices
- 6 ounces sliced black olives, drained
- 1⁄4 cup olive oil
- 3 tablespoons parmesan cheese
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon basil
- salt and pepper
- shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 1⁄2 cups cooked chicken, chopped (optional)
Directions See How It's Made
- In a large pot, cook pasta covered in boiling water, for 8 minutes or until limp. Set noodles aside in a colander to allow water to drain.
- Lightly steam all of the vegetables just until they are starting to become tender. Remove them from the heat and let them cool a bit. Place all vegetables in a medium bowl and toss lightly.
- In a separate small bowl, add the oil, cheese, garlic, basil, salt and pepper. Mix well.
- Add the oil mixture to the vegetables and toss gently until vegetables are well coated with the oil mixture.
- To serve, place pasta on each individual plate, and top with the vegetables. Sprinkle the top with shredded mozzarella. Serve either slightly warm, or if you prefer a refreshing cool meal then let the vegetables and pasta cool completely.