23 July 2011

Weekend Cooking: The Kitchen Journal 5

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As I've written here before, I don't plan out my meals for the week, and this is especially true in the summer. Opening my weekly CSA box is a little bit like Christmas: I can't wait to see what goodies "my" farm produced!

A couple of weeks ago I was looking for something creative to do with some small summer squash and a nice bunch of arugula. I looked through a few cookbooks and scoped out the Internet, but nothing was calling to me.

So I took an idea from there and another from here and put them all together for a really delicious pasta dish. We ate this warm for dinner and then cold the next day for our lunches. The photos show my pickled garlic scapes, but I used fresh scapes in the recipe.

Note that the following measurements are approximate -- I didn't really measure. Because garlic scapes are done for the season, I'd substitute one or two cloves of garlic instead. Note that arugula is also called rocket or roquette.

Lemon Zucchini with Arugula
created by Beth Fish Reads
  • 1 pound dried pasta, any shape (I used penne)
  • 1 dried hot pepper
  • 4 small summer squash or zucchini
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (or as needed)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic scapes, chopped
  • zest of one lemon
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 bunch arugula, washed and torn
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 5 basil leaves rolled up tight and sliced thin
In a large pot, start heating the water for cooking the pasta. Place the dried pepper in some chicken broth or water to soak.

Meanwhile, grate the squash on a medium grater (I used my food processor). Place the squash in a tea towel or paper towels and squeeze out as much liquid as you can.

Put the pasta in the water to cook. Remove the hot pepper from the liquid and chop, set aside.

Heat the oil in large skillet over medium-high heat and add the hot pepper and onion and saute until soft. Add the garlic scapes and the squash and saute until tender. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, arugula, and black pepper. Add a couple of ladles of pasta cooking water to the pan and let simmer until the pasta is cooked. Drain the pasta (but don't rinse it) and add it to the skillet. Stir in the cheese and the basil and mix until well combined.

Serve with crusty bread and wine and enjoy!


29 comments:

TheBookGirl 7/23/11, 6:52 AM  

Lovely pasta dish :) I have to confess to not knowing what a scape is...had to look it up!

Nicole (Linus's Blanket) 7/23/11, 7:57 AM  

Well it's a good thing you got bored. Now we all get to benefit.

Marg 7/23/11, 8:24 AM  

Hmm, I wonder if we call arugula and scape by another name. I have no idea what they are!

bermudaonion 7/23/11, 8:26 AM  

Sounds delicious and easy to cook too!

caite 7/23/11, 9:14 AM  

yep, I had to go look up a garlic scape too. Not sure I have ever seen one...now arugula I know and love!

Natalie~Coffee and a Book Chick 7/23/11, 9:16 AM  

That does sound like a perfect summer dish!

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook 7/23/11, 9:20 AM  

I would love a CSA box, have to look into it for next year! The pasta looks amazing. I would like to try garlic scapes, never saw them at the markets here.

Heather 7/23/11, 10:07 AM  

Oh that looks yummy! Sometimes the best recipes are the ones you make up as you go along, pulling an idea from one cookbook, then another.

I discovered scapes this year and I hate that I was missing them! They make the best pesto!

JoAnn 7/23/11, 10:24 AM  

I see I'm not along in googling garlic scape :-)

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks 7/23/11, 11:09 AM  

I will never cease to be impressed by your ability to "whip something up" from ingredients on hand!

Our CSA has given us an abundance of zucchini and yellow squash; I may try your lemon past this weekend.

Beth(bookaholicmom) 7/23/11, 12:05 PM  

I envy you and your CSA box! I had seen garlic scapes at one of our farmer's markets but had no clue what you did with them. Good to know garlic could be substituted in the recipe. This looks like a nice light meal for a hot summer day!

Sherrie 7/23/11, 12:07 PM  

Hi Beth,
Looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Most of my cooking is done this way. A little here and a little there. Have a great day!

Sherrie
Just Books

Kim 7/23/11, 12:39 PM  

Yum! Add basil and I am hooked! Truly you are amazing to just whip these things up.:)
*smiles*

Alex 7/23/11, 1:18 PM  

These kinds of pasta dishes are some of my favorite things to eat. And this one goes on my DTBT (definitely to be tried) list.

Rose City Reader 7/23/11, 1:43 PM  

Oh my gosh! That looks delicious!

Peaceful Reader 7/23/11, 4:14 PM  

This sounds delicious. I love arugula and should be able to whip this up without a trip to the store! I agree with Kim...I'd love basil sprinkled on the top.

Tina's Blog 7/23/11, 7:59 PM  

This looks so tasty! I am going to need to bookmark this one to try sometime.

Robin McCormack 7/23/11, 8:44 PM  

Looks and sounds absolutely delicious. Think I'm going to look into CSA box soon. I'll admit had to look up garlic scapes as well. Learned something new.

bookjourney 7/23/11, 9:11 PM  

The pasta looks delicious! I like cold salads this time of year.

masini second 7/24/11, 1:27 AM  

Oh my God this looks so good and i`m sure that it is delicious too. I think it is not a very difficult recipe so i will give it a try, thanks a lot for sharing.

Uniflame 7/24/11, 4:23 AM  

I never heard of arugula before. Have to google what it is :)

Ikkin-bot 7/24/11, 4:34 AM  

cold pasta salad seems to be the only pasta you can get here in japan . . . other than ramen

Anglers Rest 7/24/11, 8:39 AM  

Likewise, I have never heard of arugula. Google here I come!

Rebecca Rasmussen 7/24/11, 1:11 PM  

This looks absolutely fantastic!! Yum yum!

Nan 7/24/11, 1:22 PM  

Other than a few differences, this is a common meal around here. Cooked pasta (oh all the different kinds!) and some sautéed vegetables. Filling and delicious!

A Buckeye Girl Reads 7/24/11, 6:53 PM  

Your weekend cooking posts always inspire me! This looks good-I love finding new things to try.

Lisa@ButteryBooks 7/24/11, 10:46 PM  

Scapes...that was a new one for me. Pasta with lemon is so refreshing in the summertime.

Gnoe (@Graasland) 7/25/11, 3:51 PM  

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!

I will make this! Just need to find a substitute for the Parmesan.

Margot 7/28/11, 1:32 PM  

Your creation looks delicious. I'm sorry I missed posting for this Weekend Cooking. I've had the worst bronchitis infection. It got me down. I think this is the first, or maybe second one I've missed since you started running Weekend Cooking. The week didn't seem right without talking about good food. I'll be back this weekend.

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