Fresh Summer Pasta

By on April 19, 2016
Summer Pasta

As summer comes to a close, I always try my best to use up as much of the tomato and basil I can. This super easy pasta is the perfect weeknight dinner for one or a family. While the Taste #5 Umami Paste isn’t essential to success — you’ll be missing out on how much it elevates this dish. Don’t forget to always salt your water before cooking the pasta!

photo by Waldo Jaquith

Fresh Summer Pasta
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
  • 4 cups cooked pasta
  • ⅛ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Taste #5 Umami Paste
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese optional
  • Lemon pepper
  • (try substituting lightly sautéed fresh zucchini for the pasta)
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions
  2. Combine olive oil and Umami Paste in medium size bowl and whisk
  3. until blended
  4. Drain pasta and add to olive oil mixture and toss until coated
  5. Add tomatoes and lightly toss
  6. Divide pasta into 4 serving bowls and sprinkle with chopped basil and
  7. lemon pepper.


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