Two things combined last week to inspire this dish: it was very hot and I had a counter full of tomatoes.
I had to do something with all the tomatoes and I didn’t want to be cooking dinner in the heat.
So I did it all in the morning.
Most of the tomatoes got blanched, chopped, bagged and frozen.
And I cooked the pasta for dinner.
When it was time for dinner, mon mari cooked the sausages outside on the grill and nothing else required cooking – or even warming.
I used a spiralizer for the squash, making thin strands, then roughly chopping them into short strands.
It added a nice bit of slight crunch to the dish – not quite a salad, but close.
Linguine with Zucchini, Sausage and Fresh Tomato Sauce
Total time: 30 minutes
- 4oz (125gr) linguine
- 2 fresh medium – large, ripe tomatoes
- 2 tbs salad olive oil
- 4oz (125gr) fresh mozzarella, cut into chunks
- 1 medium summer squash
- 1/4 cup pesto rosa
- 2 – 3 tbs fresh basil, large leaves torn or snipped
- 10oz (300gr) sausages
- Cook pasta according to package directions.
- Drain and rinse briefly with cold water. Shake well to get rid of as much water as possible.
- Cut 1 tomato in half.
- Place a box or flat grater in a shallow bowl.
- Cup half of a tomato in your hand and rub it on the big holes of the grater until all that is left in your hand is the skin (of the tomato). You’ll have to press a bit, but not too hard.
- Repeat with other half.
- Add olive oil to tomato sauce, then add both to linguine.
- Stir well to combine..
- At this point you can refrigerate pasta for later or finish.
- To finish:
- Grill sausages.
- When done, remove and cut into 1″ lengths.
- Spiralize summer.squash and cut into short lengths or
- Make ribbons with a vegetable peeler, then julienne.
- Grate other tomato.
- Combine tomato sauce and pesto rosa:
- Add squash, mozzarella, and sausages to linguine.
- Add tomato / pesto rosa mixture and toss to combine.
- Add basil leaves and serve.
I am not a happy blogger at the moment.
I have been informed, by the Powers That Be (PTB) that I have ‘objectionable content’ on my blog.
The PTB tell me that it must be removed or (I guess) made ‘unobjectionable’.
I have to admit it makes me very angry and very worried that the PTB are trying to control my use of perfectly acceptable words.
To give you an example: They do not approve of me using a perfectly acceptable noun to describe the, hmmm, shall we say ‘doodoo’ left by my dogs on the lawn.
I have never and would never use that noun as an adjective to describe something else but, apparently, I cannot use it to call it what it is, either.
I have the same issue with the word used to note a mythical woman of ill-repute that lived in Babylon that is actually sited in the bible.
The bible may use the word but I may not lest I offend some non-mythical being with delicate sensibilities.
I could go on but I’m too p*^&*d about it all.
I can’t use that word, either…..
So I will spend some time tomorrow, digging out all the words Big Brother wants me to change and substituting *&^% for the letters.
Gosh – what a wonderful use of my time!