01 July 2014

Foodie Tuesday | Bruschetta Pasta + Goat Cheese & Fresh Basil

Happy Canada Day, peeps!

What better Foodie Tuesday dish to celebrate Canada's birthday than a festive red-and-white one? I can't think of any (except maybe cupcakes, but we're trying to keep it healthy around here at the Pit so you know... not those.)

Even better than a better-than red and white dish? One that's super easy to make, and can be served at room temperature. It's a perfect (perfect!) cottage weekend dinner.



BRUSCHETTA PASTA + GOAT CHEESE & FRESH BASIL
Preparation: 20 minutes | Cooking Time: 20 minutes | Serves: 6
      
Ingredients:
  • 10 firm plum tomatoes, medium diced
  • 1/2 sweet onion, finely diced
  • 6 tbsp. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. + 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. chili flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. coarse salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2-4 oz. plain goat cheese, crumbled (or, however much you like)
  • 6 cups whole wheat rigatoni, uncooked
  • 1/2 to 1 cup fresh basil, chopped
 
Cooking Directions:
  1. Cook pasta according to directions, until al dente (tender-firm). Drain well, but don't rinse with water. Set aside.
      
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine tomatoes, onion, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, vinegar, garlic, mustard, chili flakes, salt and pepper. Whisk to blend well.
      
  3. Add pasta to mixing bowl; toss to coat evenly. Add basil and give it another stir.
      
  4. Top with crumbled goat cheese (to taste) and serve at room temperature.
         
I often make the tomato mixture a few hours ahead of time, and let it marinate until it's time for dinner. The tomatoes absorb the other ingredients and intensify the flavours.

Be forewarned: this is a very romantic meal only insomuch as the garlic and raw onion will drive everyone away who's not eating it with you. Don't expect to get all lovey-dovey with your leading man (or lady) unless he or she is eating it right along with you.

Otherwise this dish tastes like a million bucks, and looks equally as festive. A more Canadian-looking dish I've never cooked!

So hap-hap-happy Canada Day, folks! Enjoy the festivities; however you might be celebrating, be safe and eat well.

NOTES: EASY
   
     
{gently adapted from The Art of Living Well cookbook by Rose Reisman}