Thursday, September 22, 2011

Farewell to Summer Refrigerator/Pantry (Re/Pa) Recipe

Goodbye summer.  You were good to us--enough rain and few really hot days.  You did bring a gust of wind along with heavy rain that blew our neighbor's sixty foot evergreen across our driveway in June.  It was insignificant compared to what the rest of the country went through.  We'll welcome you back next year and hope that you will be more gentle.

It seemed appropriate that one more summery pasta salad should come to our table.  My car was off getting ready for fall so I had to make do with what I could cull from the refrigerator and pantry.  All came together in a rather tasty dish.  I'll try to put it down as best I can recall.

Farewell to Summer Pasta Salad--A Re/Pa Recipe

8 ounces of bow tie pasta cooked according to package directions
4 to 6 medium tomatoes cut into six to eight pieces
2 scallions sliced to include about an inch of the green tops
1/2 to 3/4 cup of walnut pesto (or pesto of your choice)
2 Tbsp drained and rinsed capers
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Zest of one lemon
Freshly grated parmesan cheese for serving.

1.  While the pasta is cooking, cut up the tomatoes and lightly salt the cut sides.
2.  Drain the pasta and while still hot, add the tomatoes, scallions, pesto, capers, lemon juice and zest.  Stir well.
3.  Cover and let sit at room temperature until serving time.  If refrigerated, bring back to room temperature before serving.  Add parmesan cheese to taste.
4.  This makes enough for two generous servings and one smaller serving for the cook's lunch the next day.



  1. this pasta salad is perfect even if here it's still Summer and even for my next weekend to the seaside....hugs to you and kisses to your beautiful hairy king!!!

  2. Yumm. I've never tried walnut pesto.

  3. I love the 'one smaller serving for the cook's lunch the next day.' That's my kind of recipe! ;) blessings ~ tanna

  4. I do enjoy summer but the heat is just a memory. Now the glorious days of fall are here with all their bounty. The last of the oesto would be a perfect trubite to summer.

  5. Yum, I have never heard of Walnut Pesto, will have to look that up and how to make it.

    This is a nice side dish.

  6. We're having similar tonight:) I love the salt packed capers..Yum..still have to rinse a lot..but they pack a punch..
    Last day of summer for sure..:(

  7. easy peasy for us non cooking people and I would love it.

  8. Yum! Another delicious-sounding recipe from the kitchen of Bonnie. We love pasta at our house, and we also love pesto, so I know we would love this recipe.


  9. Looks good! Loved the wedding pics too!!

  10. What nice pasta, I love Fall! gloria

  11. This one is so pretty! Now I'm running to the calendar to see if this is the first day of Fall!!!!

  12. Any pasta is wonderful in my opinion...and this one looks especially tasty. I'm afraid there would be no leftovers for the next day in my house.

  13. That sounds like a yummy goodbye to summer! Happy fall to you! Carla

  14. Yum! Looks pretty tasty.
    The wedding looked fab too.

    Happy Fall.


  15. Lovely end of summer pasta salad. Even though it's fall, the temperatures still feel like summer- this sounds perfect! :)

  16. I could eat pasta salads all year long. They all sound so delicious to me. Love the capers in this one!


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