Bruschetta Pasta

Bruschetta Pasta is one of our family summer favourites!

Bruschetta Pasta

So simple to put together…it has become one of my top travel side dishes!

On our recent trip, to the rented cottage, I had the boys, William included, picking all the cherry tomatoes they could find in our garden. (I think, overall, we had 4 cherry tomato plants)

Cherry Tomato plants are awesome! If you are going to plant a tomato plant next year, I highly recommend choosing one of the many varieties of cherry tomatoes. My personal favourite is the Chocolate Cherry…it actually grows a purpley brown colour…the taste is ‘out of this world’!

Eating cherry tomatoes, in my mind, is like eating candy!

Bruschetta Pasta always tastes better the next day. Of course, in our family, it barely survives. Once prepared, everyone, including myself, wants to eat it!

In order to maximize the marinating, I always make the tomato bruschetta mixture in the morning to let all the flavours meld together before I add the pasta…about 1/2 hour before we sit down.

This week, I was in a panic thinking of a side for dinner. I noticed a few leftover garden tomatoes on the counter…within a couple minutes I had the tomatoes cubed, garlic minced, salt and pepper grinded, extra virgin olive oil drizzled in and fresh basil from the garden quickly torn apart and tossed in. Done! With only a couple of hours to sit…it still tasted divine!

This is the perfect dish to make or bring along when visiting friends/family. There are few ingredients and not a lot of prep in order to create the most delicious multipurpose dish that just ‘screams summer!’

Bruschetta Pasta can also be considered a meal unto its own.

Bruschetta Pasta topped with tuna and a side or roasted brocolli and cauliflower

With the addition of some canned tuna, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, a sprinkle of hot pepper flakes and a side of roasted broccoli and cauliflower…it was my dinner the other night.  Canned beans would be another nice option.

Bruschetta Pasta

Tomato Bruschetta Sauce

2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved (chopped tomatoes can be substituted)
4 cloves garlic, minced
package of fresh basil, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 375 g pkg of Smart Catelli Fusilli pasta

In a bowl with a lid, combine all the above ingredients. (I generally ad lib my measurements.  Add more or less of the garlic/basil/extra virgin olive oil as you feel needed)
Cover and let rest on the counter for the day.
Boil pasta and cook till al dente. (see directions on box)
Drain pasta. Do not rinse pasta!
Immediately toss pasta with bruschetta mixture. Let rest for at least a 1/2 an hour to let the pasta absorb all the mouth-watering flavours of the tomato bruschetta mixture.

Enjoy!

Bruschetta Pasta served with Barbecued Lemon Chicken and Sauteed Sugar Snap Peas

One of the meals my family enjoyed at the rented cottage… Bruschetta Pasta with Barbecued Lemon Chicken and sugar snap peas sautéed with mushrooms, onions, garlic and hot pepper flakes. Yummy!

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Dairy, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Summertime Peach Crisp

Peaches are in season!

Bowl full of fresh summer peaches

Sweet and juicy…enjoying them straight from the basket…summertime at it’s best!

One of my favourite peach desserts to make for a family gathering is Dairy, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Peach Crisp.

Adapting my all-time favourite recipe to be dairy, soy and peanut/tree nut free that all family members can enjoy is easy…believe me…no one will miss the butter!

In fact, a butterless crisp makes for a lighter version…one that I have received many compliments!

The recipe I like to adapt is my childhood favourite by Mme Benoit. The recipe comes from a well-worn page from a newspaper article with peach recipes by Mme Benoit.

Dairy, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Summertime Peach Crisp

Dairy, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Summertime Peach Crisp

14 peaches
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
freshly squeezed juice from 1 lemon
2 cups Demerara Brown Sugar
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 tsp cinnamon
8 tbsp canola oil

In a very large bowl, place the peaches and pour boiling water to cover. Let sit for 5 minutes. Peel the skin off the peaches, slice into wedges and place in a flan dish.
Pour over lemon and orange juices and stir to cover.
In another large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, and cinnamon. Add in the canola oil and using your fingers, combine well.

Peaches and crumble all ready to assemble Dairy, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Summertime Peach CrispSprinkle crumble over top of peaches…do not press down…let the crumble sit loosely on top.
Bake at 375 F for 20 minutes or until the top is browned and bubbling.
Let cool on cooling rack.

Dairy, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Summertime Peach Crisp cooling

Enjoy!

Tip: This makes a very large peach crisp…I doubled the recipe…half of the recipe will fit in an 8 inch baking dish.

P.S. This lovely Dairy, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Summertime Peach Crisp was enjoyed after a delicious ‘Allergy Friendly Summertime Dinner’

Perfect Allergy Friendly Summertime Dinner of Barbecued Lemon Chicken, Roasted Cauliflower and Brocolli and Bruschetta Pasta

Barbecued Lemon Chicken, click here for the recipe, roasted cauliflower and broccoli and Bruschetta Pasta. (basically cherry tomatoes, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper and fresh basil tossed with pasta…delicious cold the next day!) Click here for my Bruschetta recipe.

Tip: I Marinated the chicken breasts ahead of time and froze them. I made the bruschetta the morning of the dinner, covered it and left it on the side. Dinner was simply barbecuing the chicken, cooking some pasta and tossing with the bruschetta, (I also had some plain pasta tossed with extra virgin olive oil) then roasting the cauliflower and brocolli…perfect for a crowd of 12…free of all my boys’ food allergens…I can relax and enjoy!

In fact, as Michael was serving himself firstly he commented, “Mom, can I eat everything that is out?” “Yes Michael”, I replied. “I just love these meals”, he answered smiling at me…”Yes, so do I!” So very worth it…in fact, priceless!

P.P.S. This will be my last post for awhile…I am taking a break!  My next adventure with the family will be heading up into the woods to stay at my brother’s cottage with my Scottish relatives. I hope to write about our experience…stay tuned!

Hope you are all enjoying your summertime with friends and family!