Thursday, August 7, 2008

This might be my only vegetarian dish

Readers of my blog would know by now that I'm not a vegetarian. Not only that, I was never a very big vegetable eater. Note : I used past tense cos living here & having access to fresh vegetables from Rene's garden has slowly converted me. Me, who used to say salad is rabbit food, now eats greens on a regular basis.

Having said that, I can't really have a meal without some kind of meat or seafood. But this dish is an exception. My Italian friends, the Bartoccis, who came to visit 2 years ago, showed me how to prepare this. I fell in love with it & make it whenever I can. So Katia, this one is for you.

Pasta with Summer Vegetables

1 zucchini, diced
1 aubergine, diced
1 red pepper, diced
3-4 cloves of garlic, chopped finely
Farfalle (bowtie pasta) or Fusilli (cockscrew pasta)
lots & lots of grated parmesan

1. Cook pasta al dente in a pot of salted water as per directions on package. Drain & set aside

2. Fry garlic in olive oil then add diced vegetables. Fry till vegetables are soft (add water or pasta water to prevent vegetables from drying up & cover to cook). When done, toss in the pasta, add generous amounts of grated parmesan. Salt & pepper to taste.

3. Serve hot with more parmesan on the side

Note : I sometimes add black olives into the dish too. Just add them when the vegetables are done.


Beth said...

Hubby says a meal should always contain some kind of meat or fish - he says he feels hungry still if there isn't any included!?? This looks like a lovely summery dish -perhaps will have to add some bacon for hubby though

Kiriel du Papillon said...

I do love farfalle: the pretty bow tie shape somehow makes every dish special.

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Your pasta dish sounds tasty. I love anything pasta. And I would definitely make this one. Thank you for the post.

Mochachocolata Rita said...

love farfalle, and just like you, i am not much of a veggie eater, but the parmesan will make up for the lack of meat :)

petite fleur said...


That is what I would say too most times. A little bacon would probably work too.


Aren't farfalle the prettiest pasta ?


You're welcome. Let me know if you did try out & how it worked out for you.


For me, it's parmesan & olives