Flour City Pasta has done it again! Jon Stadt brings us yet another seasonal recipe that pairs grilled eggplant and homemade herb relish – a twist on traditional pesto – with his tomato basil fettuccine to create a combination of flavors that capture the essence of summer. Grilled Eggplant & Garden Pesto with Tomato Basil Fettucine By Jon Stadt, Flour City Pasta Makes 4 servings. Ingredients: Herb Relish – 1 lb. Tomato Basil Fettuccine (Learn more about where to buy Jon’s delicious pasta here.) 2 cups fresh Parsley leaves 1/2 cup fresh Mint leaves 1 1/2 tbsp. fresh Oregano 3 Green Onions, chopped 2 tbsp. Capers 3 tbsp. Pine Nuts 1 tbsp. Red Wine Vinegar 2 tbsp. Olive Oil 5 tbsp. Water Salt and Pepper to Taste Eggplant – 2 Eggplants, sliced 1 tbsp. Olive Oil Salt and Pepper to taste Instructions: Cook pasta for 6-8 minutes. While Pasta is cooking, puree all relish ingredients in blender. Add Salt and Pepper to taste. Brush Eggplant with oil and sprinkle with Salt and Pepper. Grill or cook in large skillet over medium-high heat, 3-4 minutes per side. Place warm Pasta in serving dish and top with Eggplant and Pasta. Additional Suggestions: To add a little extra flavor, whisk a couple tablespoons of Pesto in with the Olive Oil and use to marinate Eggplant slices for 1 hour before grilling. Try substituting or adding sliced, grilled Zucchini or Summer Squash to replace or complement the Eggplant. When tossing warm Pasta with Pesto, mix in one medium-sized diced Tomato, to add a pop of flavor and color.
This recipe is a gift from Jon Stadt of Flour City Pasta, and I can’t think of a savory combination that tastes more like the summer. A combination of sweet and tangy, fresh and crisp, it is the ultimate summer side dish. The main ingredient is Jon’s cucumber conchiglie (Italian for “mini shell”) which incorporates freshly juiced cucumbers into the dough itself, yielding a delicate, pale green pasta that pushes the dish’s flavor to a whole new level! Fresh Cucumber Pasta Salad by Jon Stadt, Owner of Flour City Pasta Ingredients: 1 lb. Cucumber Pasta, cooked al dente, about 5-6 minutes (Substitute store bought conchiglie or mini shells, if you don’t have access to Jon’s pasta.) 3 Cucumbers, peeled, halved, seeded, and sliced thinly 1 pint fresh Blueberries 3 tbsp. fresh Mint 4 thinly sliced Scallions 1 cup crumbled Feta Cheese (Exclude this ingredient for a completely vegan recipe.) Salt and freshly ground Pepper to taste 3/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1/4 cup White Balsamic Vinegar 1 tbsp. Honey 2-3 tbsp. freshly squeezed Orange Juice Instructions: Whisk last four ingredients to make Dressing, and set aside. Place colander of cooked Pasta under cold, running water to quickly cool and keep from sticking together. Mix Pasta, Cucumbers, Blueberries, Mint, Scallions, and Feta, folding gently with a rubber spatula, to keep pasta from breaking, until evenly combined. Add Dressing and Salt and Pepper to taste, and mix until all ingredients are evenly coated. Chill and serve! *JON STADT, is the owner of Flour City Pasta, a local establishment committed to making pasta traditional ‘Old World’ way with tools imported from Italy. He uses organic flour and then adds organic vegetables, fruits, herbs, and spices to make flavored pasta that brings a new level of taste and style to any pasta dish. Here’s a list of all the places you can purchase Jon’s delicious artisanal pastas! Find more recipes here, and follow him on Facebook and Instagram!
Because of its spicy, bitter flavor, arugula packs a bite that people seem to either love or hate. As with many other vegetables, though, a little heat cuts that bitterness right down, leaving a tender, more mellow green in its place. The recipe below can be spiced up by adding any number of extras – tomatoes, bacon, white beans, to name a few – to give it a little more substance. Arugula & Goat Cheese Pasta by Holly Rodricks Makes 3-4 servings. Ingredients: 3/4 lb. medium-sized, textured Pasta (such as fusilli) 2 cups Arugula, washed and shredded 1/2 cup (2 oz.) crumbled Goat Cheese (Again, we highly recommend 2 Kids Goat Farm.) 1/2 small Red Onion (or 1 Shallot), finely diced 2 cloves Garlic, minced 2 tbsp. Olive Oil 1/2 tsp. Salt 1/4 tsp. Black Pepper Optional: pinch of Red Pepper Flakes Instructions: Cook Pasta according to package instructions until al dente. While Pasta is cooking, sauté Onion in oil over medium heat, until translucent. Add Garlic and continue to sauté for 1 minute. Set aside. When Pasta is cooked, reserve 1/4 cup of water. Strain Pasta and pour into large bowl. Add Pasta Water, Arugula and all remaining ingredients to bowl of hot Pasta and toss until evenly mixed. *In season, roast 2 cups of cherry or grape tomatoes and toss in with remaining ingredients, for a tangy twist. Alternatively, add white beans or bacon/pancetta (or both) to add a little more protein to the mix. *Image courtesy of: http://sustainabledad.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/pasta_arugula.jpg