Easy Linguine With Fresh Vegetables and Goat Cheese


This week’s easy recipe caught Sue’s eye as she read her August issue of Real Simple. Sue asked if I would make the dish for her, and after adding a few touches of my own, her dinner request was ready for testing.  Turned out to be a great meal full of fresh from the garden flavors including a wonderful zucchini and tomatoes grown by Sue’s co-worker.


recipe serves four


10 oz Linguine

1 fire roasted red pepper (from store bought jar) – cut into thin strips

1/4 C pine nuts

14 kalamata olives -halved

3 Tbsp olive oil

2 C fresh corn (sliced off ears)

2 cloves garlic – minced

2 pints cherry or grape tomatoes – halved

1 lb. zucchini – thinly cut into ribbons

2 Tbsp fresh oregano – chopped

5 oz goat cheese – crumbled.

salt and pepper to taste.


Cook the linguine as directed on packaging. When done reserve 3/4 C of the water and then drain pasta, cover and set pasta aside.

Heat oil in large fry pan on medium heat.  Add the corn, pine nuts, garlic, and 1/4 tsp each of sea salt and pepper. Toss while cooking 2 minutes. Add the the zucchini slices and toss for a minute.  Add the olives, tomatoes, oregano and cook for 3 minutes.  Add the pasta water  and pasta.

Plate the pasta in a large serving bowl, and top with crumbled goat cheese.


And that’s all there is to it.  You just made my take on a great summer Real Simple inspired pasta.






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Good Eating and Table Talk,


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