It’s summer and the warmth beacons you outdoors to bask in its divine heat. Go ahead, grab a nice large mason jar filled with sweet tea and sit back. Get cozy and sink down into your adirondack chair. This is the moment you have been waiting for all year long. . . .
Oh WAIT! You need to make dinner!! You almost forgot didn’t you? 🙂
Grr. That rather annoying task of making dinner is always there, day in and day out. Doesn’t it know that you just found the perfect spot in your adirondack chair and you really just want to relax?!?
Don’t get me wrong. I love to cook, sometimes you can’t keep me out of the kitchen! Sometimes, however, I would rather being doing other things, like sitting on my back terrace with a large glass of sweet tea in my hand as the setting sun gives me a loving goodnight kiss.
But alas, dinner must be made or my husband and kids will wither away to nothing. Seriously, they’ve already told me so, like a million times. . .
So, when I have days like this, when I really don’t feel like standing in a kitchen for a long time making a meal, I like to pull out my secret weapon summer recipes with Hunt’s canned tomatoes.
Seriously! There are so many things you can make with fresh steam peeled tomatoes that don’t take a lot of time to put together. My favorite, especially for hot summer days when I don’t want something heavy to eat, is this quick and easy caprese inspired pasta.
This recipe is so great because it tastes good warm, like right after you’ve made it, and also cold right out of the fridge the next day for lunch!
Caprese Pasta Salad
Cooked pasta – according to package
3 TBS olive oil
1 can Hunt’s diced with basil, garlic and oregano
Fresh basil (optional) for garnish
1/4 balsamic vinegar
Mozzarella – cubed or shredded
Begin by cooking your pasta according to the package details. Drain and rinse slightly just to slow the cooking process so your pasta is al dente.
In a separate bowl, whisk together your olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Set aside.
Open your can of Hunt’s tomatoes and drain them. Pour the tomatoes into your pasta and toss with oil/vinegar mixture.
Top with mozzarella and serve. #DinnerDone
Now you can go back to your seat, tea and sunshine. You could even bring your dinner outside with you so you don’t miss a moment of your day.
Ahhh. . .
Now that’s what I call one quick and healthy dinner. Thank goodness my drink is still cold. 🙂