No Recipe Summer Pasta Toss

summer pasta tossI don’t know about everyone else, but I haven’t felt like cooking a whole lot lately. Not that it’s been very hot this summer. But summer’s still summer, and it has that effect of making you not want to cook. Then again, I’m still, well…me. So, when I don’t feel like cooking, I still somehow end up cooking something. But this non-recipe recipe was less about cooking and more about tossing some fresh ingredients together: heirlooom tomatoes, zucchini, corn, onion, pine nuts.

I remember when I was little, my mom found a “fresh tomato sauce” recipe in the Detroit Free Press that called for diced tomatoes and raw corn. At the time, I thought it was so fun and different when she made it. Little did I know that, years later, I’d be a raw food loving vegan and a recipe like raw pasta sauce would become far from unusual in my diet. Nevertheless, that recipe was one of my first memories of my mom making a high-raw vegan meal. This non-recipe recipe was inspired by that one, with the addition of some other things I had on-hand, including red onion, zucchini and toasted pine nuts. As simple as it was, it turned out so tasty! No wonder they say you can make amazing food with just a few fresh ingredients.

I decided to share this as a loose recipe because this is one of those ideas that is amenable to so many different variations, and can be easily adjusted based on taste and based on what you have on hand. I could easily see basil or fresh greens being tossed into the mix.

To make this pasta toss, I did the following:

  • Chopped up two large, very ripe heirloom tomatoes. One was red and the other was yellow. 
  • Diced one fresh zucchini
  • Minced up about 1/4 cup of red onion
  • Added some thawed, frozen organic corn (though fresh could easily be used)
  • Toasted up a small handful of pine nuts in a dry skillet until golden brown
  • Tossed it all together with some warm gluten-free spaghetti
  • Tossed in a good pinch of sea salt to taste

What variations would you make to this one? What are some of your favorite no-recipe summer recipes?

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