Farmers Market Pasta

I love going to the Farmer’s Market! I always want to go and be inspired by the food.

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But then I see the jewelry, and bread, and ooh look at those dips! It can be a bit overwhelming. So, I found it is better to go with some sort of a plan for dinner in mind. Now, this recipe I’m sharing isn’t some innovative, flavor forward, Pinterest worthy dish, just some inspo for your next Farmers Market trip.

At the markets down in San Diego, there are a few things that I can always count on being there. Fresh pasta, flavored olive oils, and of course, vegetables!

The fresh pasta usually comes into a few different flavors, like sun dried tomato, or spinach, which is another fun way to add flavor to this dish. The pasta only takes a few minutes to cook, and is so much better than anything you can buy in the store! Any noodle works for this dish.

There are always a few olive oil stands. I love flavored oils! I like ones with garlic, basil and even jalapeno. Any of these flavors will work well with pasta as well. Really most flavors will, so feel free to choose whatever sounds good to you. And don’t forget to sample!

After I pick up my pasta and olive oil, I choose my veggies. You really can’t wrong here. I love bell pepper, so that’s always a must. Any kind of tomato will work, this time I chose grape tomatoes. I like spinach too, because you can put so much in, and it just shrinks right up! Lastly, I added some zucchini.

The preparation for this dish couldn’t be easier. And the presentation is so colorful!

First, you want to chop up your veggies into bite size pieces. Heat up about 2 tbsp of oil in a large pan, then add the veggies. I sprinkle with a little salt, pepper, and red chili flakes.

While the veggies are sautéing, boil some water for the pasta. I always like to add some olive oil to the water, to season the noodles. Once the veggies are done, add the pasta to the water and boil for just a few moments, then strain.

Separate the noodles into two bowls, top with veggies, and lastly sprinkle with some parmesan cheese. Simple, colorful, healthy, easy, and delicious! Have fun at the Farmer’s Market, and sample, sample, sample!

Pairs well with a nice Cabernet. Or, if it’s a hot summer day, a Pinot Grigio. And yes, I choose my wine based on the weather.

Recipe:

1 package of fresh pasta (any flavor or shape)

3 tbsp of flavored olive oil

vegetables of choice

salt, pepper and red chili flakes to taste

parmesan cheese (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Chop vegetables in to bite size pieces
  2. Heat up 2 tbsp of olive oil in medium saute pan
  3. Add vegetables, salt, pepper, and red chili flakes
  4. Boil water for pasta
  5. Once the vegetables are tender, and the water is boiling, add the pasta.
  6. After a few minutes (follow instructions on package or from the vendor), drain the noodles
  7. Separate the noodles into two bowls, top with vegetables. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

For my San Diego locals; check out all the Markets here! My personal favorite is Little Italy.

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