With backyard and community gardens and local farmers’ markets in overdrive, now is the time to load up pasta dishes with fresh summer vegetables and herbs. In my view, summer pastas must include tomatoes and basil, which figure in all three recipes here. Beyond adding cheese for flavor and richness, these easy dishes can be a free-for-all of your favorite veggies with combinations such as garlic, hot pepper flakes, orange, and olives or pancetta and loads of scallions. Italian cooks who feel that pasta dishes are more about the pasta than the sauce may blanch, but in these recipes I like the produce to share equal presence.
In the market
Got veggies? Here are three hearty meals that make the most of summer’s bounty.
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